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We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration for Commercial and Residential Buildings!

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call SERVPRO of North Tempe Today - (480) 456-0000

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of North Tempe to allow our trained, professional crews to handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (480) 456-0000

How To Clean Sewage Backup in Your Home

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

A sewer backup can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses in your home. The problem should be addressed as soon as possible.

There are some steps you can take to limit the spread of the contamination. They include:

  • Turning off running water
  • Move un-contaminated objects to dry, clean areas
  • Open windows and doors to speed up the drying process and limit the growth of mold
  • Discard contaminated curtains, carpeting, and upholstered furniture

Tips for Cleaning Sewage Backup in Your Bathtub

If you see a small bathtub backup, you may be able to clean the spill yourself. Before you start, make sure you have the necessary equipment. Wear protective equipment like goggles, coveralls, rubber gloves, and boots. Do not let your bare skin touch the sewage. You should also avoid touching your nose, ears, eyes, or any open cuts.

Once you are properly protected from the sewer backup, and after the contaminated items have been taken out of the bathroom, you can start removing the standing water. Discard any solid waste and apply an initial disinfectant spray to the affected area. You should then clean all the surfaces with household detergent to remove any additional dirt and contamination. Next, dry the area with a combination of dehumidifiers and portable fans. Finally, disinfect the area a second time by using bacteria-killing bleach.

When To Call an Expert

If the contaminated area is large, you should contact a professional cleanup company, like SERVPRO of North Tempe. Experts should also be brought in if your home’s HVAC system has been contaminated, or if the sewage has been in place for more than 24 hours.

While you may be able to handle a small sewer backup on your own, emergency restoration specialists will know how to clean up a bigger area quickly and safely. SERVPRO of North Tempe can also dry any belongings that were damaged by the flooding. 


To recap you should contact a service professional unless the spill is limited to a tiny section of your bathroom floor, if an entire area or HVAC system is contaminated call SERVPRO of North Tempe at (480) 456-0000.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Property Commercial Property

Flooding and water damage at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, SERVPRO of North Tempe works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Tempe

SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us today for any commercial water damage services, at (480) 456-0000.

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Mold Spores

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO® of North Tempe Today (480) 456-0000.

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Tips for Tempe?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Fireworks for the Fourth of July celebration in Tempe burst over the Tempe Town Lake. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Maricopa County.

Our local North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley teams respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Tempe. Tempe allows some types of fireworks to be purchased by people 18 years and older and used within these restrictions:

Fireworks cannot be set off except between June 24 through July 6 and December 24 through January 3. Even during those times, there are restrictions about setting off fireworks, and individuals cannot set off fireworks on any public property. 

Fireworks that can be used within the restrictions are:

  • Ground and handheld sparkling devices
  • Cylindrical fountains
  • Cone fountains
  • Illuminating torches
  • Wheels
  • Ground spinners
  • Flitter sparklers
  • Toy smoke devices
  • Wire sparklers or dipped sticks
  • Multiple tube ground and handheld sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, and illuminating torches

Tempe Town Lake Festival and Fireworks Show

The July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival and Fireworks Show is the premier Independence Day fireworks display. Each year, the festival takes place at the South Bank of Tempe Town Lake from 4 to 11 pm and is located at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue.

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When your Tempe commercial business or home has fire damage, our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley team will restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Damage from Leaking Windows in Tempe Business?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

A commercial building with water damage is shown. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Maricopa County!

Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley team has been restoring water damage for commercial properties and homes for many years. With the onset of the Monsoon Season, it is a good idea to check the windows and doors of your property to make sure there is no damage to the windows and door seals. Any cracks or gaps in the seals can allow moisture and water to seep into the structure. Make sure to make repairs as needed to discourage water intrusion issues.

Water is invasive and can seep into and under anything in its path. This water damage timeline illustrates the damage water can do in a short period:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe commercial business or home has water damage, our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

The Most Common Causes of Commercial Fire Damage in Tempe?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A commercial building with fire damage is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top causes of fire damage in commercial buildings are cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical and lighting equipment, smoking materials, and intentional fire setting.

Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley team follows this process when restoring fire damage:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

We will board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe commercial business or home has fire damage, our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Could a Hidden Water Leak Cause a Mold Problem in My Business in Mesa Central?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

A leak has sprung out of a pipe on top of a water heater. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County!

Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley team has the training, equipment, and experience to restore water damage quickly and efficiently. Hidden water leaks can create the perfect conditions for mold to populate. We will also inspect for mold damage when we inspect for water damage. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist

We have experience mitigating and restoring water damage in all kinds of buildings and business settings, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Water Damage Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

Water damage is a common problem. When you think your Mesa Central commercial business or home has water damage, our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do If My Floor Floods in Paradise Valley?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Soggy fabric is shown. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County!

Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley team responds quickly to water damage emergencies, and we typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Here are some tips from our website on things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Hang furs and leather goods
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us!

When your Paradise Valley home or commercial business has water damage, our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Professional Water Restoration Team in Tempe?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Water is pooling from a water leak on a floor. We restore water damage in Maricopa County “Like it never even happened.”

Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley team has the training, equipment, and experience to restore water damage to pre-damage conditions no matter how big the job is. This gives our customers the convenience of having one company manage the entire restoration project from the initial clean-up phase to completion. Here is a recent five-star Google review from one of our water damage customers:

“We are so glad we called SERVPRO to handle our water damage situation. Chester and Stuart were professional and great to work with. Also, they were patient and kind enough to explain the steps that they were taking to remove the damaged baseboards and drywall and start the drying out process of our walls. They also did a thorough exam for mold, and luckily, no mold was present. We are currently waiting for the construction process to start, which hopefully will be soon. I’d recommend calling SERVPRO if you’re in an unfortunate situation and in need of clean-up services.” Kristian N.

Services: Water removal, Mold inspection

Positive: Professionalism

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When your Tempe commercial business or home has water damage, our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Warehouse Fire Damage in North Tempe?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

The inside of a warehouse with fire damage is shown. We restore fire-damaged buildings to preloss condition in Maricopa County.

Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley team provides a full range of cleaning, restoration, and rebuilding services when needed to restore fire damage. This means that you have the convenience of one company managing the entire restoration project.

Fire Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Our representative will ask questions that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

We will board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items. We're also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

The restoration may require reconstruction services, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas of the structure.

Call Us Today!

When your business or home has fire damage, our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley will restore the damage, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm-Damaged Businesses in North Tempe?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy rain is falling. We restore storm-damaged buildings in Maricopa County.

The beginning of March brought unexpected and welcomed rain and hail to Tempe and other parts of Southern Arizona. Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley teams responded to several storm damage emergencies in the Tempe area involving roof leaks and other forms of water intrusion. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute for preventing storm damage:

Exterior Inspection and Repair

Water can be prevented from entering a structure’s exterior through routine inspection and maintenance and making repairs as needed.

  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check rain gutters and drainage systems and remove any debris
  • Check downspouts and clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the structure
  • Check sprinkler systems and make sure the sprinklers are not spraying water onto the structure and that water is not pooling around the structure’s foundation
    • Make sure water drains away from the building.Water is invasive and will quickly find its way into a structure when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is saturated by rainwater, the water may enter the foundation wall through any cracks.

Call Us!

You never know when a surprise storm will break out and damage your business or home, but when it does, you can rely on our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Restaurant Fire in Paradise Valley?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

The inside of a restaurant is shown. We restore fire-damaged buildings in Maricopa County.

When your business has fire damage, fast action is required to minimize the potential for secondary damage. Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley team is on-call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies. According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were an estimated 7410 fires in restaurants and drinking establishments between 2010 and 2014 in the United States.

Here are some more of the report highlights from the NFPA:

  • These fires caused annual losses of three civilian deaths, 110 civilian injuries, and $165 million in direct property damage.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of these fires (61 percent of incidents).  Electrical distribution and lighting equipment and heating equipment each accounted for 9 percent of fires.
  • Cooking materials were the item first ignited in 43 percent of the fires in eating and drinking establishments
  • Seven out of ten (68 percent) of fires in eating and drinking establishments stay relatively small and do not spread beyond the object of origin

Call Us Today!

You never know when a fire will break out and cause damage to your commercial property or home, but when it does, you can rely on our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley to restore the damage, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Happy Commercial Business Customers in Tempe?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

A design studio is shown. We mitigate and remediate commercial property damage in Maricopa County.

Our North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley team has been serving Tempe businesses' cleanup, rebuilding, and restoration needs for years. Here are some testimonials from some of our commercial customers:

"Santiago, Carlos, Brandon, Chester, Francisco - they were all wonderful! They were on top of the situation, communicated through the entire process, and ensured everything was cleaned up and safe! I would highly recommend calling them for any cleanup and remediation you may need! Thank you for all your team did!" DESIGN Therapy

"The team in North Tempe helped us open our doors after a massive flood in our store. They are amazing!" Davis in Tempe, AZ


"I wouldn't trust another company to handle a large loss in our business. Simply the best out there!" David P., Tempe, AZ

Commercial Restoration Services

  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
  • Commercial Restoration
  • Commercial Water Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Building Services

Call Us Today!

You never know when fire or water will cause damage and disrupt your business, but when it does, you can rely on our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley to restore the damage, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hidden Water Damage Causing Mold Outbreak in Paradise Valley Business?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is growing in a restroom. We mitigate and remediate mold damage in Maricopa County.

Do you smell a musty odor that you cannot place in your Paradise Valley workplace? Many times musty odors are a symptom of hidden water damage that is causing a mold problem. Our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley will identify the source of the excess moisture and make repairs to discourage the mold from returning once the remediation process is complete.

Here are some important facts and tips on things you can do and should not do when waiting for professional help to arrive:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and fans
  • Contact us for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Call Us Today!

When you discover mold growing in your Paradise Valley commercial business or home, our local teams in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

"Haboob" Dust Storm Sweeps Across Paradise Valley?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

A dust storm sweeps across the Arizona landscape. We clean and restore properties damaged by haboobs in Maricopa County.

Our team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley restores storm-damaged properties in Paradise Valley each year. According to The Arizona Emergency Network (AEN), strong winds produced by thunderstorms can blow loose sand and dirt from the ground, causing these large walls of dust and debris, or dust storms. These dust storms, or "haboobs," are unexpected and can happen any time of the year in Arizona. These haboobs can be miles long and thousands of feet high. Dust storms can reduce visibility to near zero in seconds, often causing deadly car crashes.

The AEN urges residents to become familiar with these terms to help identify a dust storm hazard:

Dust Storm Watch

This tells you when and where dust storms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Dust Storm Warning

It is issued when visibility is 1/2 mile or less due to blowing dust or sand and wind speeds of 30 miles an hour or more.

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When your Paradise Valley home or commercial business has storm damage, our local teams in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Escape Plan Planning in Paradise Valley Homes?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

A family is reviewing their escape plan. We restore commercial property damage in Maricopa County.

Do you have an escape plan for your household? Our local team in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Paradise Valley and offer these tips for escape planning from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or a mailbox) a safe distance away from the home where everyone can meet
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year
  • Practice using different ways out
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them
  • Close doors behind you as you leave as a closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area
  • Install alarms on every level of the home
  • Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of their home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors

 Call Us!

When you have fire damage in your Paradise Valley home or business, our local teams in North Tempe, Mesa Central, and Paradise Valley teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Commercial Property Damage Restoration Services in Tempe?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

An office complex is shown. We restore commercial property damage in Maricopa County.

Our local team in North Tempe and Mesa East performs many commercial cleaning and restoration services in Tempe to keep businesses operational and looking their best. We have extensive experience working in all kinds of workplaces and buildings.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

You never know when a disaster will strike, but when it does, we can provide a full range of commercial property damage restoration services, including:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Disaster Recovery Team

Although we are better known for fire and water mitigation and restoration services, we also provide a wide variety of commercial deep cleaning services. These deep-cleaning services exceed the scope of a standard janitorial service and are designed to keep your business looking its best:

  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

 Call Us!

When your Tempe commercial business or home has property damage or needs deep cleaning services, our North Tempe and Mesa East teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Musty Smelly Mold Problem in Mitchell Park East?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is growing on a wall and ceiling. We remediate mold damage 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

There was a musty odor in my home that I could not place. Then I noticed a water stain on my wall. When the wall was opened to stop the water leak, we found mold growing inside the wall! Yuck! I called the local team in North Tempe and Mesa East, and they came out right away. They are trained and certified to mitigate and remediate mold damage following state and local laws and protocols.

Interesting facts about mold

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water 
  • Mold colonies may produce health effects in certain individuals
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

Mold remediation process

  • Emergency Contact – 480-456-0000
  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your Michell Park East home or business has mold damage, our North Tempe and Mesa East teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Upward Striking Lightning in Tempe?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning covers the desert sky. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

On a visit to Tempe one summer, I watched an intense thunderstorm with lightning, and I remember staying up all night watching the lightning from my hotel window. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to storm damage emergencies every year, and we want everyone to be safe around lightning. Here is some information about lightning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

  • Upward striking lightning is possible but extremely rare, but high-speed cameras have shown upward lightning flashes to be more common than previously thought
  • Lightning’s unpredictability increases the risk to individuals and property
  • Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as ten miles away from any rainfall
  • “Heat lightning” is lightning from a thunderstorm too far away from thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction.
  • Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening
  • Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately. Most people struck by lightning are not killed but are injured significantly.
  • Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000 but could be reduced even further by following safety precautions 

Call Us!

When your Tempe home or business has storm damage, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians are Here to Help. ® We typically arrive within four hours of your call. Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Extension Cord Safety Tips for McClintock Manor?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

An extension cord is shown. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

Extension cords can cause fires, injuries, and even death when improperly used. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East offers these extension cord safety tips for McClintock Manor residents from The Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI):

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings, or floors
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip is rated for the products to be plugged in and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets with only two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

Call Us!

When your McClintock Manor home or commercial business has fire damage, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Contaminated Water Cleanup in Tempe?

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

A person in a hazmat suit is spraying a contaminated area. We have the equipment and training to decontaminate black water spills in Maricopa County!

Do you know that raw sewage is grossly unsanitary and can cause severe health effects if ingested? Professionals should only clean this dangerous form of “black water” contamination. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to safely mitigate and restore black water contamination. Here are some tips from our website on things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health effects
  • Floodwater can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform
  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe home or commercial business is contaminated by a sewage spill, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Move Out Services in Meyer Park?

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

Boxes sit on a dolly. We conduct efficient move-out services when needed in Maricopa County!

When my dishwasher flooded my home in Meyer Park, my insurance adjuster told me to call the professionals at SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East. All of the floors and some of the drywall had to be replaced. The SERVPRO team helped me inventory and box up all of my belongings and moved them offsite while the work was done. After the work was completed, they coordinated the return of my belongings and helped me put them back into the house. Thank you, SERVPRO!

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, we can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When the restoration work is complete, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Call Us Today!

When your Meyer Park home or commercial business needs temporary move-out and pack-out services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians will arrange for your belongings to be stored and returned to your home after the work is done. Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Five-Star Reviews from Tempe Customers?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Five gold stars sit on a gold background. 100 percent customer satisfaction is our highest honor in Maricopa County!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East technicians are on call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day, every day of the year. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Here are some recent Google reviews from our valued customers:

“Santiago, Carlos, Brandon, Chester, Francisco - they were all wonderful! They were on top of the situation, communicated through the entire process, and ensured everything was cleaned up and safe! I would highly recommend calling SERVPRO for any clean-up and remediation you may need! Thank you for all your team did!” DESIGN Therapy

“The crew of Nick, Cisco, Oscar, and Chester couldn’t have been nicer. They showed up when they said they would and did the job they said they would do. Great job on the clean-up. Great Co. to work with. Highly recommend them!” Liz Mayer

“John Perez is a pleasure to work with. He is always smiling and has a positive attitude. He responds to our Business needs in a timely manner. I would recommend using SERVPRO because of their quality of work and due to the way John represents his company.” D. Mingo

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe home or commercial business needs emergency clean-up and restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Biohazard Exposure in Tempe?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals are cleaning an area exposed to biohazards. We are trained and certified to clean and restore biohazard spills in Maricopa County.

Do you know what to do if there is a biohazard contamination or a chemical spill? SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians are trained and certified to clean and restore dangerous biohazard conditions.

SERVPRO Commercial Biohazard Restoration Services

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Here are some tips from our website on what to do and NOT do while waiting for help to arrive:

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat allbodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) if there is sewage damage

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don’t use your vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other electrical appliances
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe commercial business or home has a biohazard emergency, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Preparedness for Tempe?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

A survival kit is sitting on a table. Storms can be unpredictable in Maricopa County.

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East wants everyone to be prepared to weather the storm and offers this helpful information from the American Red Cross for building a survival kit:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight 
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries 
  • Deluxe family first aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

The City of Tempe offers this information on other things you can do to prepare for flash flooding:

  • Trim trees, so they are away from windows and roofs
  • Inspect and clear your roof drainage system and flat roofs
  • Clear debris from street gutters near your property to help prevent street flooding
  • Unplug expensive electronics, install power protection devices
  • Don’t apply fertilizers or other outdoor chemicals before a storm
  • Secure loose outdoor furniture
  • Use sandbags to prevent flooding; info on free sandbags at tempe.gov/monsoons
  • Have an evacuation plan

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO of Paradise Valley Acquisition

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO location visual SERVPRO of North Tempe service areas.

Accomplished franchisee, SERVPRO of North Tempe,  will be adding Paradise Valley to their service area.  "We are excited to demonstrate our highest level of service to residents and businesses in the Phoenix and Paradise Valley communities."- Owners Nick & Travis Ellerbroek 

Phoenix, AZ, February 2, 2022– SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is proud to announce the new owner of SERVPRO® of Paradise Valley. The Ellerbroek family owns SERVPRO® of North Tempe, SERVPRO® of Mesa Central, SERVPRO® of Mesa East, SERVPRO® of Denver West, SERVPRO® of Cherry Creek, SERVPRO® of Aurora, SERVPRO® of Castle Rock/Parker, and SERVPRO® of West Littleton/Sheridan. The Ellerbroeks are excited to expand the SERVPRO® Brand, a leader in the restoration industry, across the region and state of Arizona.

              

Happy Customers in Tempe?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

A person is smiling and giving a “thumbs up.” We aim for five-star reviews from every customer in Maricopa County.

Property damage does not wait for a convenient time to happen. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is committed to helping our customers no matter what time of the day or night your emergency takes place. Here are some recent Google reviews from our customers:

“I can’t say enough good things about SERVPRO! I had a leaky AC unit and had to have the ceiling and part of a wall removed as well as insulation. Once the new AC unit was installed, SERVPRO did an excellent job reconstructing everything! They were professional, and everyone who came to the house was respectful and did things just the way I would have if I could have done it!! They were very responsive. Basically, they were all awesome!” Linda Ortega

“John Perez is a pleasure to work with. He is always smiling and has a positive attitude. He responds to our Business needs in a timely manner. I would recommend using SERVPRO because of their quality of work and due to the way John represents his company.” Desiree Mingo

Call Us Today!

Property damage can happen at any time. When your Tempe home or commercial business has a property damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Severe Winter Flood in Tempe?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

A flooded street is blocked off. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

In 1993, severe winter floods affected much of Arizona. The National Weather Service reported that several storms caused extensive damage from January to March. In Tempe, the Salt River flooded, and property and crops were damaged. Record flows were established on at least 17 streams, including the Salt and Verde Rivers and Oak Creek.

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has been restoring storm damage in Tempe for many years. When your home experiences storm damage, every minute counts, as fast action can minimize the potential for secondary damage in many cases. We follow the one-four-eight-hour rule, meaning:

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

Four hours: we will be onsite within four hours of your call

Eight hours: we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

In flooding situations, water can cause damage very quickly.

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal items begin to tarnish
  • Wood furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

Call Us!

Storm damage can happen at any time of the day or night. When your Tempe home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Space Heater Safety Tips for Tempe?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Electric space heater coils are glowing. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

It gets cold at night in Tempe in January. The average low temperature is 37 degrees Fahrenheit!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has been restoring fire damage in Tempe for years. Here are some heating equipment safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association to be safe and warm this winter:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters
  • Never use your oven to heat your home
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room
  • Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container
  • Keep the container a safe distance away from your home
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Damage Prevention Tips for Meyer Park?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Roots are growing through a pipe. We are leaders in water damage restoration in Maricopa County.

My water bill was unusually high, and I knew it wasn’t because I was using more water. I looked around for leaking pipes and dripping faucets but couldn’t locate any visible signs of leakage. My husband crawled underneath the house and found a line that had been leaking for some time. The floor and floor joists were saturated and damaged by the water.

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has been restoring water damage in Meyer Park for years. We see what happens when routine maintenance is deferred and offer these water damage prevention tips from the Institute for Business and Home Safety:

  • Never pour grease down the drain
  • Plant trees away from lateral drain lines to prevent roots from damaging piping
  • If your home’s sewer system is connected to the city’s sewer system, a particular problem for older homes, or if you are located downhill or below street level, contact a plumbing professional to install a backflow prevention assembly into your sewer system
  • Call a professional if you notice signs of a plumbing problem
    • An increased monthly water bill
    • Banging pipes
    • Rust stains
    • Moisture in the walls or on the floor
    • Signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation

Call Us!

When your Meyer Park home or commercial business needs water damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Specialty Cleaning Services in Shalimar?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

A person is cleaning a carpet in a home. Our deep cleaning services keep Maricopa County homes looking their best.

I took one look at my Shalimar home and knew it needed help. With all the holiday traffic through the house, my floors, carpets, upholstered furniture, millwork, and windows looked grimy, and my home no longer smelled fresh. I wanted to start the new year off with a sparkling clean house, so I called SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East. They sent a team out, and they cleaned my home from top to bottom. My furniture and floors look bright and new, and my house smells great!

SERVPRO Residential Cleaning Services

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will get out the dirt you see and remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Odor Removal

Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to deodorize your home effectively. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

Air Duct Cleaning

Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs a deep clean, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Chemical Spill in Mill Avenue?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

A colorful swirl of a chemical substance is shown. We clean and restore dangerous chemical spills in Maricopa County.

Mill Avenue Businesses Need to Know

Although this image looks like a work of art, it is actually a picture of dangerous chemicals floating on the surface of a floor. Exposure to chemical contaminants can cause health risks and consequences. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians have the advanced training, equipment, and experience to clean and restore areas compromised by chemical spills. We follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protocols and health regulations, and we are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products to transform unhealthy environments back to clean and safe workplaces. Here are some tips from our website for staying safe until help arrives:

Is it safe to stay in the workplace?

  • Exposure to chemical and biological contaminants can pose serious health consequences
  • Floodwater can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform
  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system if there is sewage damage

Call Us Today!

When you need commercial biohazard cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has a team of highly trained technicians available 24-hours a day. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. We will clean and restore your chemical contamination in Mill Avenue, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Restoration Services in Tempe?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

A stormy sky is shown. We restore storm damage quickly and efficiently in Maricopa County.

Our customers say it all!

Every minute counts when responding to storm damage, as secondary damage can occur if the damage is not mitigated quickly. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year. Our technicians typically respond to storm and flooding emergencies within four hours of your call. Here is a Google review from a recent storm damage customer:

“We would like to compliment the crew that was dispatched to my place for the mitigation of the flooding inside from the recent bad storms. They were all courteous and professional. They arrived when they said, communicated very well with what they were going to do and what was going to happen. All the crew treated us and my property with respect as if they were family. This was much appreciated during this very disturbing, stressful event. Liaan, Francisco P, Francisco G, Chester, and Kenny were fantastic to deal with, and the work they did far exceeded our expectations. Thank you all again.” Susan G.

Call Us Today!

When you need storm or flooding damage services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Our team of highly trained restoration technicians will clean and restore your storm damage in Tempe, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hidden Water Leak in Mitchell Park East?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

A leaking pipe is shown. We restore water damage quickly and efficiently in Maricopa County!

Water Bill Too High in Mitchell Park East?

An unusually high water bill may be an indicator of hidden water damage. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year, and we use advanced technology, like infrared cameras, to detect hidden water leaks behind walls. The Environmental Protection Agency offers these helpful tips for detecting water leaks in your home:

Water Leak Detection Tips

  • A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water use. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
  • To check for a toilet bowl leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within ten minutes without flushing, you have a leak. 

Call Us Today!

When you need water damage services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Our team of highly trained restoration technicians will clean and restore your water damage in Mitchell Park East, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Leaking Showerhead in McClintock Manor?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

A dripping showerhead is shown.  Maricopa County relies on us to restore water damage!

Money-Saving Tips for McClintock Manor

Have you inspected your home’s plumbing systems for water leaks lately? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is likely that a family of four has a water leak if their winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year, and we see how small water leaks turn into water damage over time. Here is some information and tips from the EPA for fixing a leaky showerhead:

  • A showerhead leaking at ten drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
  • Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. If you are replacing a showerhead, look for one that has earned the WaterSense label.
  • Fixing water leaks can save homeowners about ten percent on their water bills.

Call Us Today!

When you need water damage services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Our team of highly trained restoration technicians will clean and restore your water damage in McClintock Manor, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Deep Cleaning Services for Tempe Businesses?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

A carpet is being deep cleaned. Our deep cleaning services keep Maricopa County businesses looking great!

Routine cleaning will extend the life of carpets and upholstery and keep your offices looking and smelling fresh. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Our carpet and upholstery cleaning methods keep your floors and furniture looking their best. These specialized cleaning methods include:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: a less aggressive method for short-piled carpets
  • Hot Water Extraction: a deeper cleaning method for all carpet types
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: helps restore deeply soiled areas
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: the most thorough cleaning method in the industry
  • Dry Cleaning: when color-fastness is an issue

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets can filter and trap dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

The IICRC states that 79 percent of the soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a critical component of proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Call Us!

When you need commercial cleaning services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Our team of highly trained restoration technicians will clean and maintain your carpets and upholstery, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Disaster Recovery Team in Tempe?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency vehicles are responding to a disaster. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

Flash flooding and other forms of storm damage happen in Tempe at different times of the year. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the restoration industry.

No matter how big the job is, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East can handle it! That’s because we are part of a national network of over 1700 franchises in the United States. Our emergency vehicles are stocked full of equipment and are on standby in the event of a disaster.

Disaster Recovery Team

As part of a nationwide network of over 1700 SERVPRO franchises, we have access to disaster recovery teams that can mobilize quickly to respond to any size emergency or disaster. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2021 Big Texas Freeze
  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s team of highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve Tempe residents and commercial businesses with storm damage. When you need help with storm damage, call us at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips for Tempe?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

A person is checking a turkey in an oven. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

Do you know that more home fires happen on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year in the United States? SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East wishes everyone in Tempe a happy Thanksgiving and offers these cooking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Top 10 safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s team of highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve Tempe residents and commercial businesses. When you need fire damage restoration services, call us at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Prevention Tips for McClintock Manor?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

A person is looking at some plumbing lines under a sink. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration in Maricopa County.

Water damage can happen at any time and for many reasons in McClintock Manor, and when it does, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute to help you maintain your indoor plumbing systems:

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. Make it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerator ice makers. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine. Never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home. Being able to locate and shut off the main water supply quickly will save stress, money and time.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s team of highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve McClintock Manor residents and businesses. When you need water damage restoration services for your home or business, call us at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Disaster Recovery Team in Tempe?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Tempe, Arizona, is shown from the Salt River. We have the training to restore damage from major disasters in Maricopa County,

According to the City of Tempe’s website, flash floods are the top thunderstorm-related killer. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to residential and commercial storm damage emergencies every year. We have the training and equipment required to restore any size loss, no matter how extensive the job is. We are part of the SERVPRO National Disaster and Large Loss Response Team. Our Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes to restore any size storm damage and is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Recent mobilizations include:

  • 2021 Big Texas Freeze
  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Invested in the Community

SERVPRO of North Tempe and Mesa East is proud to serve the people of Tempe. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Tempe community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s team of highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you. When you need storm damage restoration services for your home or business, call us at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Rebuilding Services for Riverside Businesses?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

A wall inside a building is being painted. We provide building services for Maricopa County businesses.

Sometimes rebuilding services are required to return a property to preloss condition. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has been restoring commercial and residential property damage for years in Riverside. Our reconstruction services provide one convenient point of contact for the entire restoration process. This eliminates the headache of managing the project and the time-consuming challenge of scheduling trades and vendors as the project progresses.

Building and Reconstruction Services 

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Services (HVAC)
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

We have experience working on many types of commercial buildings, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s team of highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you. When you need building and reconstruction services for your Riverside business or home, call us at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for Tempe?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A portable fire extinguisher in a home. We are trusted leaders in fire restoration in Maricopa County.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends using portable home fire extinguishers when:

  • The fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing
  • Everyone has exited the building
  • The fire department has or is being called
  • The room is not filled with smoke

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East offers these fire extinguisher safety tips from the NFPA:

  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
    • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side
  • Select a multi-purpose extinguisher that can be used on all types of home fires that is large enough to put out a small fire but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s team of highly trained fire restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you. When you need fire damage restoration services for your Tempe home or business, call us at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Timeline for Riverside?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

The face of a clock is shown. We restore water-damaged homes and businesses in Maricopa County.

Riverside residents can rely on SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East to restore water-damaged properties. No job is too big for us. When left unmitigated, water can cause serious damage. Here is a water damage timeline that describes the damage water can do over time:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding maybe extensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants

Call Us!

When you need water damage restoration services for your Riverside home or business, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Odor Removal Services for Meyer Park?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke is billowing out of a commercial business.  We restore fire-damaged businesses in Maricopa County.

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has been restoring fire-damaged businesses in Meyer Park for years. Here are some of the methods we may use to eliminate smoke damage:

Air Scrubber or Filter

  • An HVAC air scrubber or HEPA air purifier is useful for capturing larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator

  • An ozone generator is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Thermal Fogging

  • Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and then ventilate the area.

Hydroxyl Generator

  • A hydroxyl generator is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment.

Vapor Modification

  • Vapor modification is another odor elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor.

Call Us Today!

When you need commercial fire damage restoration services for your Meyer Park business, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding in Tempe?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown overflowing a roadway. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

Flash flood warnings were in effect for parts of Maricopa County in August. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East wants everyone to be safe in flooding situations and offer these tips from the Arizona Emergency Information Network:

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately
  • Listen to the Emergency Alert System, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings, such as rain clouds or heavy rain.  Move immediately to higher ground.
  • Do not walk through moving water. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  •  Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
    • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water
  •  Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers, or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions
  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary.

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Tempe home or business, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Kitchen Fire in Tempe?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

A microwave oven is shown on fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

Cooking fires are the cause of the majority of home fires in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2014 and 2018, insurance claims involving microwave ovens averaged $5500 per loss. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians have the training, experience, and equipment required to clean and restore fire damage quickly and efficiently. Tempe residents and businesses can rely on us to be with you every step of the way until the job is successfully completed.

Although every fire loss is unique, we use the same process to restore fire damage as follows:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 7: Restoration

Call Us!

When you need fire restoration services for your Tempe home or business, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s fire restoration technicians are on call 24-hours a day to serve you. We can typically be onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water-damaged Belongings in McClintock Manor?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

The upholstery on a couch is being cleaned. We pretest every item before we begin the restoration process in Maricopa County!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has been restoring water damage for McClintock Manor residents and businesses for years. Our technicians have the advanced training and equipment required to safely restore water-damaged belongings back to pre-damage condition. We pretest every item to ensure we are using the most effective cleaning method. Depending on what is being cleaned, we may use one or a combination of the following cleaning methods to restore your water damaged belongings back to pre-damage condition:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us Today!

You never know when you’ll need water cleanup and restoration services, but when you do, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s water restoration technicians are on call 24-hours a day to serve McClintock Manor residents and businesses. Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Home Fire Sprinklers in Riverside?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A fire sprinkler is shown mounted on a ceiling in a home. Home fire sprinklers save lives in Maricopa County!

Everything you wanted to know about home fire sprinklers (but were afraid to ask).

Home sprinklers are environmentally friendly. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home sprinklers reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, reduce fire damage by up to 71 percent, and reduce water used to put out a fire by as much as 91 percent!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Riverside, and we witness firsthand the difference home fire sprinklers make in reducing fire damage. Here are some interesting facts about home fire sprinklers from the NFPA:

  • Home fire sprinklers save lives and property. In many situations, a family who has survived a fire will also have their “home” to live in and enough of the items and space in their home to continue living their lives as they did before.
  • A home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium
  • Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler. Only the high temperature of a fire will activate the sprinkler.
  • A home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s fire restoration technicians are on call 24-hours a day to serve Riverside residents and businesses. Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Infestation in Meyer Park?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A person is looking at mold growing by a cabinet. We are trusted leaders in mold remediation in Maricopa County!

Mold situation in Meyer Park?

Do you know what to do if you think you have mold in your house? SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East are trusted leaders in mold mitigation and remediation. When you suspect you have a mold problem, the first thing to do is hire an industrial hygienist. They will take readings of the air to determine how much mold is present in the atmosphere and tell you what type of mold you have.

The industrial hygienist will write a report describing the protocol to be followed to mitigate the mold damage. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East will send a team to contain the mold and begin the mitigation process. We will install a containment chamber to prevent cross-contamination to other uncontaminated areas of the structure. 

Antimicrobial chemicals are used to kill mold. Powerful air scrubbers are installed to clean the air in the infected area. After we complete this process, the industrial hygienist will return and retest the air and give a new report stating that the mold has been remediated.

The source of the water leak that has caused the mold will also need to be identified and repaired to ensure the mold does not return.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has restoration technicians on call 24-hours a day, every day in Meyer Park. Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll remediate your mold damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Emergency READY Profile for Tempe Businesses?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of buildings in downtown Tempe, Arizona is shown. Maricopa County businesses trust us to restore commercial damage.

Do you know that as many as 50 percent of commercial businesses may never recover from a disaster? SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East supports the Tempe business community and offers pre-planning services that give business owners peace of mind knowing they have a plan in place in the event of a property damage emergency.

At no cost, we help commercial businesses develop a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile. This profile provides an immediate plan of action in the event of an emergency. This allows timely mitigation and can help minimize the damage fire and water can do.

  • No cost assessment of your facility
  • A document that contains critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide and immediate plan of action allowing you to get back into your building faster following a disaster
  • Establish SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility information for shut-off valves, priority areas, and priority contact information so you are ready for whatever happens

Call Us Today!

Having an Emergency READY Profile gives Tempe businesses the power to act quickly in the event of a commercial loss. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has restoration technicians on call 24-hours a day, every day. Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your commercial property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flash Flooding in Tempe?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A flash flood is shown in Arizona. We respond to storm damage emergencies in Maricopa County 24-hours a day.

Last month, Tempe and other parts of Maricopa County were under a flash flood watch. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to storm damage emergencies in Tempe and offer this information about flash flood watches, flash flood warnings, and flood watches from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Flood Watch

  • Be Prepared. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

  • Take action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flash Flood Warning

  • Take action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood-prone area, move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

Call Us Today!

When your Tempe home or commercial business needs storm restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Escape Plan in Shalimar?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A family discussion is being held in a living room. We respond to fire damage emergencies in Maricopa County 24-hours a day.

Have you created a fire escape plan for your household and practiced it lately? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only 47 percent of people who have a developed an escape plan have practiced it. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to fire damage emergencies in Shalimar 24-hours a day, and offer these fire escape planning tips from the NFPA:  

  • Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or a mailbox) a safe distance away from the home where everyone can meet
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year
  • Practice using different ways out
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them
  • Close doors behind you as you leave

Call Us!

When your Shalimar home or commercial business needs fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Sewer Backup in Mitchell Park East?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

A toilet is shown. We respond to sewage problems in Maricopa County 24-hours a day.

The sewage system in our Mitchell Park East home overflowed in the middle of the night and flooded the entire floor. Our insurance adjuster told us to call SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East. The SERVPRO team arrived quickly and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They inspected the area and gave us an assessment of the damage. Then they immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They cleaned and decontaminated all of the areas exposed to the sewage water and documented the drying process to ensure that the area was returned to normal moisture levels. 

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 “Black Water” is grossly unsanitary and can cause severe illness or death if ingested. Any contact should be avoided. Sources for black water include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences a sewer backup, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your sewage damage in Mitchell Park East, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services in Meyer Park?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage and staining are visible on a ceiling. Maricopa County businesses rely on us to restore water damage.

Every minute counts when responding to commercial water damage. The longer the water is left untreated, the higher the cost and more time-consuming the repairs can be. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East has the equipment, training, and experience to restore commercial water damage quickly and efficiently. Meyer Park businesses can rely on us to get their business back up and running as soon as possible and with minimal disruption to employees and customers.

Training and Certifications

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

We also offer a full range of building and reconstruction services when required to complete a restoration, including:

Building and Reconstruction Services

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business or home experiences a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your commercial water damage in Meyer Park, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Contents Restoration Services in Tempe?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A red velvet jewelry box is shown containing valuable jewelry and keepsakes. Maricopa County trusts us to clean and restore their fire-damaged belongings.

When you experience fire damage, even areas of the structure not directly damaged by the fire will have smoke and soot damage. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East offer a wide variety of specialty cleaning services to safely clean and restore your precious keepsakes to pre-fire condition. Our fire restoration technicians will pretest each item before cleaning to ensure the item can be restored and to determine the best cleaning method to use.

Each fire scenario is different as whatever fueled the fire will leave a different type of residue. Here are the different cleaning methods we may use when restoring your fire damaged contents:

  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product
  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences a fire, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your fire damage in Tempe, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Satisfied Customers in Tempe?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

A woman is giving a five-star review on her smartphone. Our Maricopa County customers love our services!

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East are committed to providing the best customer experience possible for our residential and commercial business customers. Here are some recent Google Reviews:

“Mike and his crew were professional, attentive, and thorough. They worked quickly to mitigate the flood damage, making sure that I was fully informed each step of the way. They were sensitive to the fact that we were also trying to run a business during the mitigation process making sure to schedule services during times that fit our needs. Mike was very helpful in finding working solutions to my concerns, going as far as to help communicate those solutions to the insurance company on my behave. I feel fortunate to have had SERVPRO on this project and would not hesitate to call them again.” Carrie Weaver

“SERVPRO of North Tempe is AMAZING! They saved the day with a water damage incident in my laundry room. From the owner Mike to the office manager to the techs, everyone was beyond friendly and kept me in the loop throughout the entire process from start to finish. I would highly recommend SERVPRO of North Tempe to all of my friends and family!” Ty Mealey

Call Us!

When you have a property damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll restore your property damage in Tempe, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding in Tempe?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

A storm drain is shown emptying flood water into a drainage area. We are trusted leaders in emergency storm damage mitigation in Maricopa County.

Flood Preparedness Tips 

The City of Tempe’s website has a whole section on floodplain management and is enforcing floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damage. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East has a team of storm mitigation technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to flood damage emergencies in Tempe. Here are some tips from the City of Tempe to prepare your home and streets for a flood: 

Prepare Your Home 

  • Trim trees so they are away from windows and roofs 
  • Clear debris from your roof drainage system, including gutters and downspouts 
  • Pre-treat pools with a chlorine shock to help prevent algae growth. 
  • Do not apply fertilizers or other outdoor chemicals before expected storms 
  • Secure loose items on your property, such as patio and pool furniture 
  • Unplug expensive electronics (TV, stereo, home entertainment centers, and computers) and/or install power protection devices 

Keep Storm Drains Clear of Debris 

The flooding of streets, sidewalks, and homes can be much worse if the city's storm drains are blocked by debris. This can be prevented by disposing of yard waste in trash receptacles. If excessive amounts of debris are collecting near a storm drain, call 480-350-4311.

Call Us! 

When your home or business experiences a storm damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East is Here to Help.® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll mitigate and remediate your storm damage in Tempe, “Like it never even happened.” 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated. 

Mold Problem in Tempe Business?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of mold on a wall is shown. We mitigate and remediate mold damage for commercial businesses in Maricopa County.

A mold infestation is never a good look for a commercial business. Under the right conditions, mold can colonize quickly and can become visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East have been mitigating and remediating mold problems for Tempe commercial businesses for years. Here is some information from our website on understanding mold:

Understanding Mold

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or Air conditioning and heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water
  • Mold colonies may produce allergens and irritants
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed, or the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth
  • Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

Call Us Today!

When you have a mold problem, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll mitigate and remediate your commercial mold problem in Tempe, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage in Tempe?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

A cutting board with an onion and cooking utensils is shown. We are trusted leaders in emergency fire damage restoration in Maricopa County.

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Tempe. Here are some cooking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

What you should know about home cooking safety
  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop
If you have a cooking fire
  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed

Call Us!

When your Tempe home or business experiences a fire damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 480-456-0000.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Large Commercial Water Loss In Phoenix

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trailer in front of office building SERVPRO of North Tempe and Mesa East is here to help our customers make it “Like it never even happened.”

Over the holiday weekend, SERVPRO of North Tempe and Mesa East was called out to help with a large loss commercial water damage in an office building in Phoenix. Our on-call crews responded and began to perform the emergency service.

When we arrived on site there was water coming out of windows and doors affecting the 20,000 square foot office space across multiple floors. The cause of loss was an exterior fire suppression supply line that failed, even the exterior landscaping and the retaining wall were damaged from the water rushing out of the building.

As part of our large loss response, SERVPRO of North Tempe and Mesa East was able to quickly get out our trailer stocked with everything we could need to help our customers make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Safety Tips for Tempe?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

A tile floor is shown with water standing on it. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year in Tempe, and offer these water damage tips from our website on things to do and not do if you experience a flooding situation:  

Do This After Flooding 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items 
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting 
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer 
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting 
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place 
  • Gather loose items from floors 

DO NOT After Flooding 

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods 
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors 
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water 
  • Don't use television or other household appliances 
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging 

Call Us Today! 

When your home or business experiences a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East are Here to Help.® Call us today at 480-456-0000. We’ll mitigate and remediate your water damage in Tempe, “Like it never even happened.” 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated. 

Fire Damage in Tempe?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East respond to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Tempe. Here are some cooking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association: 

What you should know about home cooking safety 

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop. 
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food 
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking 
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains — away from your stovetop 

If you have a cooking fire 

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. 
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave 
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out 
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. 
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed 

Call Us! 

When your Tempe home or business experiences a fire damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and SERVPRO® of Mesa East is Here to Help.® Call us today at 480-456-0000.  

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated. 

Toilet Overflow in North Tempe?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Troubled Toilet in North Tempe?

SERVPRO of North Tempe responds to water damage emergencies often in Tempe, and we know that the faster the damage is mitigated, the lower the degree of water damage may be. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) faulty supply lines, toilet flanges, fill valve assemblies, or toilet backups and overflows were attributed to 78 percent of water damage from toilets. Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips from the IBHS: 

Be patient after you flush and wait for the valve to completely finish refilling the tank and bowl.

If an overflow looks imminent, lift off the tank cover and lift the float to shut off water flow to the tank, and then turn off the supply valve.

Twice a year, inspect a toilet’s components, such as the fill, supply, flush valves, and the supply line. Make sure you can turn off the supply. 

If you have older screw type valves that are hard to turn or start leaking, consider replacing them with simpler ball valves that are easy to shut off quickly.

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO of North Tempeis Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your water damage in North Tempe, “Like it never even happened.” 


Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Specialized Restoration Training in North Tempe?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Highly Trained Technicians in North Tempe

Did you know that SERVPRO of North Tempe technicians are required to undergo rigorous initial and ongoing training and take continuing education courses to stay up to speed on technological advancements and industry standards? We provide cleanup and restoration training and certification courses in the areas of fire and water damage, mold mitigation and remediation, and commercial cleaning and restoration services. 

Training Programs

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Employee Certification Training

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Continuing Education Classes

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

Specialized Cleaning Services

Our technicians are also trained to provide specialized cleaning services to remove biological pathogens in North Tempe. These services clean and disinfect porous and nonporous household surfaces and high-touch areas using guidelines set by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local authorities. 

Call Us Today!

When your North Tempe home or commercial business has a property damage emergency, SERVPRO of North Tempe is Here to Help. ® Our technicians have the advanced training and experience to clean and restore any form of property damage.


Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Basement Flooded? Now What!

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Hospital Water Damage Water damage affecting a basement in a hospital

If you are standing in a flooded basement in Tempe, AZ right now, skip to the phone number below.

If not take a minute to read the information below.

Cleaning up a basement flood calls for professional experience and equipment. SERVPRO of North Tempe is the premier choice when it comes to water & mold damage restoration in Tempe, Arizona. Our team is quick to respond and handle any size water loss in the Tempe area.
 It is important to extract water in a timely manner to limit damage, but pumping too quickly can damage a structure. Professional technicians take the following measures when restoring flooded basements in Tempe, AZ. 


Inspect the Structure 
The origin of flooding may impact the structural integrity of a basement. There are several reasons why water may accumulate on the lowest level of a home: 
Broken pipe 
Flood conditions 
Malfunctioning appliance 
Sewer backup   Regardless of the cause, the structure must remain sound. This concern may prolong the process of water extraction.  Pump Out Water  Basement cleanup specialists often use pumps to eliminate standing water and debris, but the interior and exterior pressure must remain equalized. It may take considerably longer to remove water and avoid structural damage. This is one reason why homeowners should not attempt to clean up a basement flood on their own.  Clean and Disinfect  Mitigation can proceed once water has been removed. Different measures may be necessary depending on the type of flood water:
Dry Category One damage from clean water 
Disinfect Category Two damage from gray water 
Disinfect Category Three damage from black water  Category One water usually comes from a pipe break. Category Two water may come from a washing machine overflow or sump pump malfunction and contains chemicals or microorganisms. Category Three water usually contains sewage. Insurance coverage for cleanup and restoration may be available depending on the cause of flooding.  Dry the Basement  Drying is the final step in the mitigation process. Experts may recommend the use of additional ventilation or a dehumidifier. Restoration cannot proceed until the affected area is completely dry.Homeowners dealing with a basement flood should rely on SERVPRO of North Tempe. Trained professionals can eliminate water as quickly as possible without causing structural damage. Our technicians are trained and certified. 
Each day, SERVPRO of North Tempe will monitor the drying process to make sure your home or business is drying quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions about the water damage restoration process, give us at call any time day or night at (480) 456-0000.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Property Managers

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

Hospital Water Damage Hurricanes are defined by violent winds often in excess of 74 mph, these weather occurrences can cause property damage that takes months to repair.

Going through a hurricane can bring untold stress. That’s even truer if you’re managing a property. With multiple renters come multiple potential problems, any of which could carry the risk of liability. Don’t wait until the last minute. Use these hurricane preparedness tips to prepare your Tempe, AZ, property and enter storm season confident you’ll suffer little hurricane damage.

Hurricane Season Risks

A hurricane is best described as a storm on steroids. Defined by violent winds often in excess of 74 mph, these weather occurrences can cause property damage that takes months to repair. Damage can include:

  • Floodwaters moving across the ground
  • Mudslides due to excessive ground moisture
  • Tornadoes triggered by the original storm

If your property is located in a hurricane-prone area, it’s important that you prepare for these potential impacts.

Make a Water Damage Plan

If you own a multi-family property, a comprehensive storm preparation plan is a must. Make sure your strategy covers evacuation plans, emergency contacts and hurricane damage relief information. Create a hurricane-preparedness team tasked with updating and communicating your plan to residents.

Secure Your Property

During high winds, just about anything can become a projectile. It’s important to secure items in advance to prevent serious damages. Survey the property in advance of the storm to identify items like large trash bins that could be lifted in a storm. If the item can’t be secured, store it inside.

Make a Preparedness Kit

Don’t forget your staff when preparing for a hurricane. Make and store kits in portable containers that can allow your staff to tend to emergencies that may occur just before or during a storm. Be sure to include staples like a flashlight, extra batteries, drinking water and a first aid kit.

Hurricane damage is nothing to sneeze at. The flooding and high winds can be a property management nightmare. Don’t risk it. Use these tips as a starting point for hurricane preparedness and enter the storm season secure.

It's Time To Get Smart About Smoke Detectors And Protecting Your Family

4/26/2021 (Permalink)


Smart Detection Can Help Limit Fire Damage

One of the keys to protecting your family and your home from fire damage is a smoke detector. In addition to some of the newer long lasting smoke detectors, smart smoke detectors are available. The options, functions and different sensors available is a lot to sort through.


Some models offer a feature allowing you to turn off the alarm from your smart phone whether you are home or away. There are models that have a feature that will turn on some of your lighting to help you and your family get out of the fire. Some detect both smoke and carbon monoxide.


Certain smart smoke detectors can work with other smart systems in your home. The lighting is one example. When choosing a system you should consider if it will work with your current security system. Will the smart smoke detector be compatible with other smart systems already in your home.


Beyond the technology compatibility issues there is the issue of fire detection. Smoke detectors use one of two types of sensors to detect fires. Ionization-type sensors are most useful for detecting fast-burning fires.

Photoelectric sensors are better at warning about smoldering, or slower burning fires. Some smart smoke alarms are designed to pick up both types of fires.

Professional Help In North Tempe Is A Phone Call Away

If you do have fire damage it's smart to hire a professional restoration company. SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If you have questions about fire or water damage call SERVPRO of North Tempe today (480) 456-0000.

Fire Safety Tips That Might Help To Keep Your Family Safe

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire, this according to the National Fire Protection Association. In 2020 cooking fires accounted for many of these fires.


What you should know about home cooking safety, suggestions from (NFPA).


Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.


Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.


If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.


Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.


If you have a cooking fire


Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.


If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.


Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires.

Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop.

Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.


For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today – SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Understanding Your Tempe Homeowner's Policy And Mold Remediation

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 if you have questions about mold remediation

Most homeowners do their best to ensure that mold never becomes a problem in their home. Unfortunately, some homeowners are unaware of what causes mold and how they can be proactive in preventing fungus growth. If you’re afraid that you may have mold damage in your Tempe home, you’re probably wondering if your homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of mold remediation.

Below is some information to help you understand if your insurance may cover the damage.


Sudden and Accidental Events


While you likely don’t have a separate mold insurance policy, your insurance will cover mold cleanup costs if they are caused by sudden and accidental events such as the following:

Hurricane

Fire


Accidental water from burst pipes

Insurance companies need to know that the incident could not be prevented. A specific example of a covered peril is when a new hose behind your washing machine bursts and you’re gone on a business trip or vacation. You return home after a week and find the water and fungus growth. This is an example that shows there was no negligence on your part.


Lack of Maintenance

Now that you understand some instances that justify mold coverage, it’s helpful to know when black mold cleanup would not be covered by insurance. First, remember that an insurance company will only cover sudden and accidental perils. If you’ve noticed black mold slowly growing in your shower and after weeks or months start to worry that it may be causing health effects, your insurance will likely not cover the repair costs. Why? Because insurance companies expect homeowners to properly maintain their home. This includes properly venting bathrooms, maintaining caulking around windows and ensuring that water flows away from the home.


Fungus growth and mold can be prevented by properly maintaining your home. In the unfortunate event of sudden and accidental perils, your homeowner’s insurance will likely cover the mold remediation costs. Contact SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 to ensure your home is cleaned correctly.


SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.


Our Technicians Have The Right Training


SERVPRO of North Tempe is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of North Tempe to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (480) 456-0000.

Storms And Water Damage While You're Away From Your Home In Tempe

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

If you have storm damage in Tempe, don't try to deal with it alone. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000


If you have flooding or water damage in your home, it's critical to have professionals respond as soon as possible. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.

SERVPRO of North Tempe begins the water extraction process almost immediately after we arrive. By getting there quickly, we reduce the damage and expense of your water emergency.


Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 480-456-0000 Understanding The Water Damage Timeline


Within Minutes


Water rapidly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.


Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.


Hours 1 - 24:
Drywall begins to swell and break down.
Metal items begin to tarnish.
Wood furniture begins to swell and crack.
Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
A musty odor appears.


48 Hours to 1 Week:
Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
Metal begins to rust.
Furniture shows signs of mold.
Paint begins to blister.
Wood flooring swells and warps.
Serious biohazard contamination is possible.


More Than 1 Week:
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


About SERVPRO of North Tempe


SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Most of us don’t think about the possibility of water damage when we are away on vacation. We are more concerned about the fun we will be having with friends and family. However, nothing would be worse than coming home and finding yourself standing in a few inches of water. Here are some things to add to your holiday vacation check list.


Shut off the water valve

The easiest way to avoid damage is to turn off your water at the main valve, and we recommend doing this for both long and shorter trips. If you’re not sure where the main water valve shut off is, call your plumber. He can also test to make sure it’s working properly.


Appliances and more

If don’t want to shut off your main water valve because someone is house or pet sitting, or your sprinkler system is set to run, you should turn off the valves to your appliances like your dishwasher, ice maker, and washing machine.


Check your insurance policy, if something should happen while you’re away it’s important to double check your insurance policy. Some policies are voided if the home is unoccupied for an extended period. Some policies even have a requirement that someone must check the premises at least once a week.


If you come home to a water loss, don’t worry. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe at 480-456-0000. We are always available to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Tempe Storm Damage Can Harm Your Business

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Don't let minor storm damage turn into big problems for your commercial site call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Tempe 24 Hour Emergency Storm Damage Service


Storm damage can devastate a business in Tempe, especially if there is little preparation done before the storm occurs. By preparing your business for storms and high winds, you can help to prevent serious damage to your business.

1. Protect Windows

When high-speed winds occur, windows often are one of the first parts of a building to become damaged. Broken windows can allow debris and water to get inside your property and make interior damage more likely. With excessive amounts of water in your business, you may need to contact water and storm damage restoration professionals. In order to decrease the likelihood of your windows breaking, it can be helpful to use storm shutters or to board up the windows with plywood.

2. Ensure Important Documents Are Safe

Recovering documents after storm damage can be difficult and time-consuming. Before a storm, it can be useful to know where your important documents are stored and to keep the documents in containers that are water-resistant. Additionally, it can be wise to keep printed copies of your documents at another location and to make digital copies in case you cannot access the printed copies.

3. Inspect the Exterior of Your Business

Prior to a storm, it’s often wise to examine the exterior of your building and to remove any hazards that could cause damage. Trees that are leaning over your building, trees that are rotted and clogged gutters can all cause damage to your property. It can be helpful to clear gutters and to trim limbs that are dead or that are hanging over your building. If a particular tree is likely to fall when wind occurs, it may be necessary to cut it down entirely.

Taking steps to prevent storm damage can help to save you the time and money of restoration. Protecting your windows, keeping documents safe and inspecting the exterior of your business can help you to prepare for a storm with high winds.

SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


If you have storm damage or other restoration is needed call SERVPRO of North Tempe today (480) 456-0000.

Storm damage And Your Commercial Property

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tempe Is Ready Help After The Storm

Owning or operating a business within a flood zone, which gets significant rainfall can be tricky.

Acquire Flood Insurance and Maintain the Building

Not all regular insurance policies in Tempe, include flood protection. Examine your policy to see what it covers and determine if flooding is likely enough to purchase flood damage insurance.


It is also important to assess the state of the building’s exterior and make repairs as needed. Make sure all gutters, downspouts and other drainage systems are fully functioning and clear.


Move Furniture and Equipment

If you are informed ahead of time about significant flooding, move furniture and sensitive equipment away from potential flooding areas.


Utilize Sandbags or Urethane Foam

To ensure water does not enter into the building through cracks such as around doors, you can utilize sandbags to anchor plastic sheeting onto each door. Use duct tape to keep the plastic attached to the door and wall and extend the plastic sheet to the ground in front of the door. Pile sandbags in the same pattern that bricks are laid, out past the edges of the door, in three or four layers.


Urethane spray foam can be found in many hardware stores and can be sprayed in the cracks around the bottom of each door or other openings such as low dryer vents, about two to three feet high. A putty knife can be used to remove it later. This could leave residual damage when removing it, but this would likely be less damaging than a foot of flood water sitting inside the building.


Protect Your Tempe Business

Being fully prepared for a major flood can save you a lot of headache, time and financing after a flood. If you have experienced storm damage, a flood restoration company can clean up and restore any building while installing systems that help to prevent future damage.


Storms, flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

SERVPRO of North Tempe provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays.
SERVPRO of North Tempe has the specific storm damage training and experience to help you and your business.


Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Flooding Damage From Storms Can Be An Issue Throughout Tempe

3/22/2021 (Permalink)


In the case of severe weather, the City of Tempe encourages residents to be prepared for potential flooding throughout monsoon season (June 15 through Sept. 30).


If you have a water loss in your home from a storm, it is critical to get a professional restoration company on site immediately to mitigate the damages. Hiring the right company is critical to make sure the issue is resolved in a professional. timely manner.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is a premier water damage restoration company in Tempe, Arizona. After getting a phone call, they will be on site as soon as possible. They will first assess the situation and come up with a scope of service to execute in your home.


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of North Tempe arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

In most situations, they will start by removing all the water with extractors. Once all of the water is removed, they will begin to place air movers and dehumidifiers throughout your home. Each day they will monitor the drying process until the home is completely dry.


If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out. SERVPRO of North Tempe has team members standing by 24 hours a day. Let them know how they can help you. Give us a call (480) 456-0000.

Devastating Commercial Fires In Tempe And Protecting Your Business

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can happen quickly in a commercial building. If you have experienced fire damage call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.


Fire damage can be devastating to your commercial building. Even if the fire was contained quickly and the damage appears minimal, restoration can be costly, putting your business at risk of bankruptcy. Certain steps must be taken to ensure your business is protected from fire loss.

Assessing the Damage

When a building and all of its contents have not been completely destroyed by fire, it is considered a partial loss. This is a term used by insurance companies to determine the proper protocol for working with the client to recover their business.


Remember that a fire is dangerous for more than its flames. Smoke damage, excessive heat, and mold and water damage can all ruin the integrity of the building and the contents within, so it is imperative to ensure you understand the full extent of the damage before moving forward with restoration.

Restoring Your Business After a Fire

Once the full extent of the partial fire loss has been determined, it is time to work with a qualified fire restoration service. These specialists in Tempe have equipment designed specifically to restore walls, furniture, electronics, and other items in the business by eliminating odors and damage caused by smoke, water, and other elements.

Final Tips on Working with Your Insurance Company

After a partial fire loss, insurance companies are expected to restore your business to a uniform and consistent appearance. In other words, every effort should be made to get your business looking and feeling like it did before the fire. As such, pay close attention to your policy should disputes arise. Common challenges may include an unwillingness to pay for new flooring that matches undamaged areas, damage to outdoor landscaping, or air quality concerns. Following a few basic steps and ensuring a solid understanding of your insurance policy will help minimize the damage to your business, both physically and financially after a fire.

It's important to select a company that properly trains the technicians. SERVPRO of North Tempe is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must


• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.


If you have commercial fire damage call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Water Damage To Tempe Commercial Sites

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Don’t gamble a large loss with any restoration company. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Commercial Flooding In Tempe 


Extensive flooding is a serious issue on Tempe commercial sites. The primary concern inside a building is not only the water, but it’s also the amount of humidity.

Humidity can ruin paperwork, electronics, and can cause mold growth in areas that were not affected by flooding.


If your home or business has a mold problem, technicians for SERVPRO of North Tempe can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


if you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne.


Flooding from a pipe burst or fire suppression system can dump gallons of water. That much water can affect multiple floors in a building which is very costly. Conventional drying methods will not dry out a large building.


SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

The Right Training For Tempe Commercial Restoration

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Extracting the water is the first step. We have equipment that can remove large amounts of water in very little time. Our air movers and large desiccants will also remove the humidity quickly. Don’t gamble a large loss with any restoration company. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 and get the job done right the first time.

Storm Damage In Tempe Requires Professional Response

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

After a storm, you might discover that your property had significant damage from rain and wind. It is critical to make sure that you get someone on site immediately to help assess the damage and get things under control.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

Experience And Training

SERVPRO of North Tempe, has the experience and team in place to make sure that your home can be fixed back to pre loss condition. Our team is IICRC certified and can handle your project from start to finish. The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

In most situations, it is important to make sure all of the water is removed from the property as soon as possible. Once the water is removed, SERVPRO can begin placing drying equipment throughout the home to get things under control. After a few days of drying, the equipment can be removed and the rebuilding process can begin.


Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Tempe provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. Our team is available 24/7 to respond and help. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Options For Unclogging Drains And Avoiding Water Damage

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

There are some smart alternatives to heavy duty drain cleaners

 Taking Care Of Your Tempe Home

A clogged drain is not only a big hassle in your home, but it can also cause flooding if not handled properly. It might be tempting to buy a heavy-duty drain cleaner, but that’s usually not the best option. The chemicals that destroy clogs can also destroy pipes. So, what are some safe alternatives to these harsh chemicals?


1. Borax, Salt, and Vinegar


Mix ¼ cup of Borax, ¼ cup of salt and ½ cup of vinegar and pour the mixture into the drain. Then, pour boiling water into the drain. Give it an hour, and then rinse with water.


2. Dish Soap

Three tablespoons of liquid dish soap combined with two liters of boiling water is an easy remedy for grease clogs. The grease is returned to liquid and will then easily travel down the pipes.


3. Plunger

A plunger can often save the day when dealing with a clogged drain. A plunger is sometimes all it takes to clear a drain. Cup plungers work best on flat surfaces, such as tubs and sinks. Flange plungers are useful in toilets, tubs and sinks.


4. Coat Hanger

A wire coat hanger can be used to pull the clog out of the drain of a sink or tub. It’s especially helpful for clearing hair clogs. Straighten the hanger, and then use the hook end to extract the clog contents.


5. Snake

A toilet auger also known as a drain snake can reduce your risk of having to deal with a sewage cleanup; it’s smaller than a plunger and gets directly to the source.

Crank the handle to extend the cable into the drain. You can move the cable around until you feel that you’ve “hooked” some of the clog. Bring the end of the cable back to see if anything is attached. If not, try again or move it around to try to break up the clog. Then, try flushing the toilet. Unclogging a drain can sometimes seem impossible.

If you do experience water damage or flooding in Tempe call the experts, SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Water Damage In Tempe


Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Tempe provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Why Choose Us in Tempe?

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of North Tempe arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Why Call In Professional Help If You Have Commercial Damage?

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Whether you have damage in your Tempe home or business, call professionals that can respond quickly. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000

Commercial Damage In Tempe Is Serious Business

If a severe storm causes damage to your Tempe commercial facility, you need a reliable disaster recovery team to respond and handle any damage.

You will need SERVPRO of North Tempe. According to NOAA, since 1980, the U.S. has sustained at least 285 weather and climate disasters where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2020). The total cost of these 285 events exceeds $1.876 trillion. Is your business ready to deal with the aftermath of a storm?

Why Call the Pros?


Not just any crew can get the job done when you need immediate assistance and storm response. SERVPRO of North Tempe stands out with their excellent service and capabilities.

We will respond to urgent needs quickly.
We are equipped to take care of jobs of all sizes.
We have a well-trained staff.
We have top-of-the-line equipment and techniques.

Ready for the Call

Sometimes, you can anticipate storm damage in your Tempe, office, but often, disasters come by surprise. The good thing about the top cleanup and restoration teams is that they are available 24/7 and can come to your office in a moment’s notice. The best companies won’t shy away from extensive projects, either. These professionals won’t put you off even if your needs are seemingly small.

The Right Stuff

SERVPRO of North Tempe is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

All the Resources They Need


SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm, fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Tempe provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Call us (480) 456-0000.

Protecting Your Tempe Commercial Site Before Damages Happen

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At SERVPRO of North Tempe, we work many large commercial projects for companies that could have minimized or prevented damages if they were more prepared. We wanted to share some insight on how you can better prepare your building and assets for your business.

First, it is important to make sure that you know all of your emergency contact numbers. This is everything from your local fire department, city water, restoration company, and more. These phone calls to get the right person on site as soon as possible can be the difference from a small and large damage situation.

Second, it is important to make sure all of your shut off valves are documented and mapped out throughout your facility. Know where and how to shut off water, and power can be a major asset in a disaster.

Third, is to make sure you train your team and employees to know simple things that can prevent major damaging from happening. If a toilet is overflowing and running, just knowing how to shut the basic water off can save you thousands of dollars.


Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.

SERVPRO of North Tempe arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

If you find that you have black mold growing in your building, do not ignore the problem or expect it to go away on its own. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000, to come in and perform an inspection as well as any necessary cleanup and removal.


Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Tempe provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Three Things You Can Do To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

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A sump pump in good working order could save your home from water damage.

Ways You Can Maintain Your Home's Pump
Your home's sump pump can help to prevent flooding in the basement or crawlspace of your home in Tempe. Without pump maintenance, your pump may not work effectively. Fortunately, there are various ways you can help to maintain your home's pump.

1. Visually Inspect the Pump
Inspecting your pump can allow you to notice potential issues that are often easy to fix, such as your pump being unplugged or leaks. It can be easy for your pump to become unplugged from an outlet, and an unplugged pump cannot divert water out of your crawlspace or basement. Plugging your pump back in is a simple, quick solution. An unnoticed leak can also cause water damage to your home, and in order to rectify the issue, you may find it useful to contact emergency restoration services. However, quickly noticing a leak and contacting a plumber to fix the issue can help to prevent water damage.

2. Test the Pump
Regularly testing your pump is often an important part of pump maintenance. However, many homeowners are unsure of how to test their home's sump pump. In order to see if your pump is working, you can pour a small amount of water into the sump pit. If your pump is working, water should be drained from the area; if your pump isn't working, the pump may not turn on and remove the water.

3. Invest in Backup Supplies
Pumps that use batteries should have their batteries replaced once a year, though in some cases, you may need to replace the battery to your pump more frequently. It's helpful to have a battery ready in case of an emergency.

Additionally, you might want to consider having a backup pump. During storms with heavy rain, a backup pump can be useful if there is a power outage or if your pump struggles to handle a large amount of water.

Knowing how to keep your sump pump working optimally can help to protect your home from flood damage. Inspecting the pump, performing regular tests and investing in backup supplies can help to ensure your pump can help to prevent flooding in your home.


If you have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Water Damage In A North Tempe Home Could Be A Big Problem, If There Weren't Trained Professionals Ready To Help

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage In North Tempe 


There are many ways your home can end up with serious water damage. Storms, plumbing emergency or even putting out a fire. The question is, who will you call when you have water damage to your Tempe home.

SERVPRO of North Tempe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

Training Is Important 

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.


SERVPRO of North Tempe arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us.

In addition to your home, we can also help if you have water damage to your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

Water Heater Rumbles Could Lead To Water Damage

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

If you have water damage SERVPRO of North Tempe is a call away (480) 456-0000

Could that rumbling sound coming from your water heater mean water damage to your home in the future? The water heater is probably not something that you give a lot of thought. When it's not-so-quiet, there are variety of causes that may be to blame for the sounds.

Here are four of the most common sounds that water heaters can make and what you should do about them.


Screeching

If your unit is screeching, the inlet control valve is likely to blame. If it closes partway, the restricted water flow that results can lead to a persistent screech. To fix it, simply open the valve.


Popping

A popping sound coming from your water heater typically indicates a buildup of sediment and minerals, particularly calcium and lime. Water gets stuck beneath the debris and releases steam with a popping sound. If left untreated, that accumulation of pressurized air can cause the unit to explode.


Fortunately, there's a relatively easy fix: a water heater flush. Flushing the unit annually can remove sediment and other debris, eliminating the popping sound and prolonging the life of the unit.


Sizzling

Sizzling often signifies a leak. The sound you're hearing is the sound of escaped water hitting the burner. The remedy in this case is almost always to promptly call a professional. Time is of the essence, as a leaking unit is wasting both hot water and energy.


Crackling

While a sizzling sound usually foretells a troublesome leak, if your unit is crackling, it's likely due to condensation on the burner. The noise may not be pleasant, but it’s normal.
With regular maintenance and inspections, you can prevent many water heater mishaps. In the event that a leak or other issue gets out of hand, enlist the help of a seasoned water damage mitigation company to return your home to normal quickly and safely.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. Give us a call (480) 456-0000.

Battling Fire Damage With Technology And Experience

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If you have fire damage to your home or business call us today. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

If you have ever experienced smoke damage in your home you understand that it can be very difficult to fully remove the smell and get your home back to the way it was, “Like it never even happened." It often requires using advanced techniques or equipment and that means calling SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Air Filtration Devices


The first thing that can be done for smoke cleaning is to use an air filtration device to completely filter all the air in your home and make it safe to breathe again. Some filter options include:

True HEPA Filter:

High Efficiency Particulate Arresting is the highest quality air filter available and is certified to remove 99.97% of all particles down to 0.3 microns in size.


Activated Carbon Filter:

Often used along with a HEPA filter, this is most useful in removing gases, chemicals, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).


Ionizer:

Using electricity, an ionizer emits negative ions which causes airborne particles to collect into the air filter or onto the floor or walls. This can reduce allergens in the air to as small as 0.1 microns.

Ozone Machines:


Ozone machines can be plugged in anywhere and release ozone into the air. The oxidation that occurs changes the chemical structure of smoke, other odors, and even bacteria, viruses, mold, and more. After a few hours, the smell is usually completely removed from the room.


Thermal Foggers:

Using this type of equipment, a deodorizer is heated and sprayed in fog form. Because of this delivery method, it is able to penetrate very small areas and is incredibly effective in eliminating even the most stubborn odors.


Individuals living in the home that have a compromised immune system, young children, and the elderly can be very sensitive to smoke.

 An expert can remove the smoke odor from your home, to the degree that you’ll forget it was ever even there. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

Tempe Water Damaged Homes - SERVPRO of North Tempe

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Call SERVPRO of North Tempe if you have water damage (480) 456-0000.

Whether it’s from a pipe, a leaky roof or a flood, water in home environments can be difficult to deal with. Not only can the structure of your house be affected, but your belongings may be as well. If you don’t handle these items properly, you could make matters worse.

If you have water damage in your Tempe, home, using the following steps may help save your property.

Clean and Sanitize


If the water has come from a broken pipe, then you may not be too concerned about sanitizing your items, since this water will generally be clean. However, in cases of floods or storms, this is a very important step. Black water from a flood carries many contaminants with it, including harmful bacteria and sewage waste. Because coming into contact with this water can be hazardous, it is a good idea to hire a professional service to remove it from your home.


Wash Clothing and Soft Objects


For smaller items such as clothing or stuffed toys, a run through the washing machine and dryer may return them to their previous condition. Do not allow them to sit or you risk a fungal growth, as porous objects easily hold mold spores and moisture. If you have products that cannot be put in the wash, dry cleaning is an option as well. This process uses a chemical solvent to clean materials.


Allow Wet Items to Dry


Once your items are cleaned, they should be allowed to dry thoroughly. If all of the water in your home has not yet been removed, you should consider relocating your belongings. If your home has multiple levels, you may want to move wet items to a higher floor. For those where sun damage is not a concern, bringing them outside may help them to dry more quickly.


No matter where the water in your home has come from, you should act quickly to prevent long-term damage to both the building and your belongings.

Call SERVPRO of North Tempe if you have water damage (480) 456-0000. They will send a trained, certified technician to your home or business.

Taking Care Of Water Damage In Your Business

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

If your business has water damage Call SERVPRO of North Tempe if you have water damage (480) 456-0000.

Water Damage In Commercial Space In Tempe

Water damage can be disastrous for your business. If a flood occurs at a commercial building it is very important to repair the damage as quickly as possible. Here are three reasons why it is imperative to schedule water clean up and repair the damage soon after a flood.


1. Every Moment Counts

When a flood occurs, act right away to salvage items and prevent further damage to a building. If a flood is caused by a broken pipe in an office, for instance, turning off the water supply immediately can be a great step to take. It may also be beneficial to quickly call professionals who handle water clean up and restoration services. The longer that flood water remains in a commercial building, the higher the chances are for mold and/or secondary damage to develop. Swiftly repairing the broken pipe (or the cause of the flood) and removing the water can prevent additional problems at the property.


2. Keep Costs Down by Acting Quickly

Water damage can create a costly situation at a commercial structure. If the damage has occurred at an office, these costs could quickly add up because employees may not be able to access the building until renovations are complete. This could mean a loss in revenue for a business owner, and this is another reason why it may be crucial to handle the damage at once.


3. Inspect the Building To Prevent Future Damage

Soon after a flood, whether it is caused by a natural disaster, a broken pipe, or due to some other reason, schedule an inspection of the entire building. There may be areas of the structure that need significant repairs to help prevent future water damage. If a flood occurs once, it could happen again. Inspecting the building with professionals may help avoid another disaster.


Dealing with a flood and water clean up promptly is critical.

Call SERVPRO of North Tempe if you have water damage (480) 456-0000.

Using Technology To Improve Our Response For You

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tempe is using technology to improve our process and serve you better. Give us a call (480) 456-0000.

Our Team Of Experts Is Ready To Help You In Tempe


When you have a cleaning or restoration need, the experts at SERVPRO of North Tempe are ready to help, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, all year round. Our professionals are expertly trained, certified and here for you, but we're always looking for ways to get better. One way we can provide better response is through technology.
For example, our teams are using a solution called Matterport that makes the assessment process more efficient.

Technology Makes A Good Process Even Better


Matterport’s 3D data platform provides comprehensive documentation and accurate measurements for restoration operations. Matterport is now a SERVPRO preferred vendor for 3D technology. That means we are able to speed up the process with accurate and thorough documentation with Matterport’s powerful 3D platform.


Using Matterport we are able to document loss and estimate repairs faster and more accurately. If you would like to see how we are using Matterport click the link below.


Matterport for SERVPRO of North Tempe


Whether you need emergency flood restoration or just want your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO of North Tempe is ready to respond faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of North Tempe has advanced equipment and highly trained technicians.

Local Business Here To Help When You Need Us


SERVPRO of North Tempe is locally owned and operated, so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities.


If you have questions about water, fire or storm damage give us a call today. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

If You Have Storm Damage Know How To Select The Right Company For Help

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There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a restoration company to handle storm damage on your property. The right company can save you and your insurance company money.

  1. 24 hour response - Your home or business will continue to cost you money the longer it takes for a mitigation company to start the cleanup process. 24 hour response means arriving quickly and starting the cleanup work before it costs too much. 
  2. Vendor Program Discounts - SERVPRO of North Tempe is a Preferred Vendor for almost all the major insurance companies. These companies send us work because they receive a discount. A discount to your insurance company keeps your premium costs lower.
  3. Background Checks - All of our employees are subject to thorough background checks. We understand the need for security when it comes to companies servicing your home. We employ certified technicians who are honest and have a proven and clean record.

These are just a few of the things that make SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 the best choice when choosing restoration company after your property is damaged from storms and flooding.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help in any of those situations to make sure you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our team will be quick to assist you in your time of need and get the help you need to your property. 

After The Fire Call SERVPRO To See What They Can Save For You

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Our team is available 24/7 to help with securing your property and getting it ready to be cleaned. 24 hour number is (480) 456-0000

After a Fire, Both Your Home and Possessions Can Be Restored


When dealing with the aftermath of a fire in Tempe, AZ, there's a lot on your plate.

One of your top priorities is probably the structure of your house. However, a person's life is made up of all the little things that fill up a home. Can they be saved, as well? With some techniques like dry-cleaning, they can be.


Electronics


Some of the most expensive items to replace are electronics. There's a chance you may not have to. Smoke residue can cause corrosion, but if it is removed soon enough it won't have the chance.

You should not turn on any of your devices to check their status, as this could cause further harm. Technology like this can be delicate and complicated, so it is in your best interest to leave all content cleaning to certified fire remediation specialists. Examples of items that can be restored are:

Laptops and computers


Televisions and DVD players


Sound systems and speakers


Telephones

Clothing and Woven Materials
You don't want all your clothes and curtains smelling like smoke for months to come, do you?

Dry-cleaning is the method of choice for clothes and fabrics. If they only hold a light amount of residue, this should be enough. If they are more heavily inundated with particles, you should follow up with a wet-cleaning, as well. Upholstery or other heavy fabrics that can't be subjected to shrinkage or wet cleaning can go through a foam cleaning process.


Paper Goods

Although delicate, you may be surprised to find out that paper items like documents and photographs can be salvaged, as well. Provided that they aren't mostly burned or blackened, there are a variety of techniques used to restore them to a much better condition: de-humidification, vacuum drying, freezer drying, dry-cleaning or air drying. They might not look brand new, but what's important is that they are visible or usable.


In the hands of a competent fire damage service, there is the possibility that almost everything you own can be saved from content storage. Before throwing things away, call in the professionals, SERVPRO of North Tempe.


You are welcome to call us anytime day or night at (480) 456-0000 if you have questions.

Can Mold Lead To A Lawsuit?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call for details (480) 456-0000

Commercial property owners are often subject to lawsuits when mold is found in their buildings. Many mold insurance claims are filed under liability when employees or tenants sue for damages that occur as the result of mold in the place where they work or reside.

There are three main reasons building managers in Tempe, AZ, are subjected to lawsuits when their buildings have a fungus infestation.

1. Improper Maintenance

Mold remediation services are often needed after another problem has already happened. That is, the mold is the secondary damage, whereas something such as water damage caused by a slowly leaking pipe or a flood is the source of the problem. Tenants in the building may sue the landlord for neglecting to take care of those maintenance issues in a timely manner.

2. Uninhabitable Space

A building manager has a contractual obligation to provide a safe place for tenants to live or work. Many tenants who have to file mold insurance claims view the existence of fungus growth as the manager’s failure to live up to that part of their agreement. If tenants cannot inhabit the space or if office space cannot be used as it was intended, those bringing the lawsuit against the manager may have a good case.

3. Property Damage

Your property insurance for your commercial holdings may cover a wide variety of problems. When an accident occurs, it’s good to know that you have a policy that can help relieve some of the costs for which you are responsible. If a tenant’s property is damaged by a mold issue in your building, you may have to file a mold claim with your insurance company to compensate the tenant for the loss.

Mold in your commercial property affects not only you but everyone who spends any length of time in the building. Prevention or quick mitigation can save you the trouble of mold insurance claims as well as a related lawsuit.


If you suspect mold call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 and we'll send a certified, trained technician to inspect.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is the best choice when it comes to handling mold damage in your home or workplace. Our team is quick to respond and follow all guidelines that are required by the state to complete a mold job.

Basement Flooding Tips

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Whether you need emergency flood restoration or just need your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help (480) 456-0000.

When your basement in Tempe floods, it can be overwhelming. Many homeowners know that they should respond quickly to a basement flood but are uncertain of what to do next. There are several useful steps you can take after your home's basement becomes flooded.

1. Remove Water as Quickly and as Safely as Possible


Removing the water from your home in a timely manner is often a useful way to mitigate the damage to your home's basement after a flood. Though mops and towels can soak up small amounts of water, they are generally ineffective when it comes to removing floodwater. Installing a sump pump prior to a flood can help to remove water from your basement. A sump pump collects floodwater in your basement and then moves the water elsewhere. Many homeowners decide to let professionals work on removing the water.

2. Turn Off Your Home's Electricity


A basement flood can affect various aspects of your home, and unfortunately, fires are often more likely to occur after a flood. Fires are particularly likely to occur if items that use electricity are plugged in or if items that use electricity have loose or frayed wires. Though you may be tempted to unplug items that use electricity after a flood, it's often best to avoid coming into direct contact with floodwater. Instead, it can be helpful to turn off the electricity in your home entirely.

3. Contact a Restoration Company


Once you have removed as much water as possible and have turned off the electricity in your home, it's often useful to contact professionals in water damage restoration.

SERVPRO of North Tempe can help to further mitigate the damage in your home, and a quick response can help to quicken the entire process of restoration. Though insurance coverage may vary depending on the cause of the flood, your insurance company will likely help to cover the costs of restoration if the flood occurred suddenly.

Although dealing with a basement flood can be stressful, knowing how to respond appropriately can save you time and money. It's often useful to quickly remove water from your basement, to turn off the electricity in your home, and to contact SERVPRO of North Tempe.

Our team of professionals are certified by the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and are held to the highest of standards. Did you know we will help you work with your insurance? You are welcome to call us anytime day or night at (480) 456-0000.

Is Your Bathroom A Mold Hazard?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Our team is quick to respond and handle any size water loss in the Tempe area.

Bathrooms are one of the most common places for mold to grow in the home in Tempe, AZ. Bathroom mildew usually grows due to the intense amount of humidity that most bathrooms let off.

It is nearly impossible to prevent moisture from entering most bathrooms, but there are some ways to help prevent mold from growing in these environments.

1. Use a Evaporative coolers

Mold loves moisture, and bathrooms are typically the moistest room in a home. Evaporative coolers can help you control a humidity problem to prevent any mildew from growing. They help dry out the air in your bathroom to prevent mold or mildew from growing. That being said, they are not completely effective, so other measures should be taken. Keeping your bathroom clean and doing a regular check for mold or mildew growth can help prevent expensive and costly issues.

2. Wash Your Shower Curtain

Shower curtains are one of the most prominent places for mold to grow. Often times people do not think about washing their shower curtains. When you shower, moisture gets on the curtain and can often stay there for hours. Pulling the curtain out straight can help the moisture dry faster. Also make sure to wash towels, washcloths and bath mats on a regular basis as these can also attract mold. If you notice any mold on your towels or mats, be sure to call a mold remediation specialist right away.

3. Keep it Clean

The bathroom is one of the most dreaded places to clean but is also one of the most necessary. Because of the excessive moisture in bathrooms, mildew and mold can run ramped in these areas. Using a squeegee after each shower is a pain but very effective in preventive bathroom mildew. Use the proper cleaning supplies each time and try to clean your bathroom at least once a week.

Cleaning your bathroom properly can go a long way but may not always prevent bathroom mildew. It is important to check your bathroom for mildew or mold on a regular basis, and you should call a professional if you notice any signs of mold growth.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (480) 456-0000 SERVPRO of North Tempe

Discussing Fire Escape Planning With Your Family

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SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help you with any fire damage in your home or business. Our team is available 24/7.


It's a scary thing to imagine, waking in the middle of the night to a loud smoke alarm and to the smell of fire. Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do in case of a fire.


Here are some tips from the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department:

If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees.

Keep your head 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 centimeters) above the floor.

If you encounter smoke when using your primary exit, use an alternate escape route.

They also recommend testing the door before opening it.

While kneeling at the door, reach up as high as you can and touch the door, the knob, and the crack between the door and its frame with the back of your hand.


If the door is warm, use another escape route.


If the door is cool open with caution.


Put your shoulder against the door and open it slowly.

Be prepared to slam it shut if there is smoke or flame on the other side.


After The Fire


Selecting a restoration company after a fire is a critical decision. It is important to make sure that you ask, good questions and select a qualified company to help you in your time of need.

You should ask about certifications and training. Not all restoration companies study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.


IICRC The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.


SERVPRO of North Tempe has the right equipment to get the job done correctly. On any job, you want to make sure they are documenting before, during and after the loss. This can be in the form of photos, notes, and videos.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000. They have the experience and team available to help you 24/7, 365 days a year.

After a House Fire You'll Want To Bring In Someone With Training And Experience

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your Tempe, Arizona home, it is important to know who to call for help after the property has been cleared by the fire department. SERVPRO of North Tempe can help with any size fire loss from start to finish.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, all year round.


Once SERVPRO of North Tempe technicians can observe the property, they can develop a scope of service.


It is important to remove all wet and damaged materials from the property. This will help prevent secondary damage. It is important to bring in a company with extensive training and experience.
SERVPRO of North Tempe is an IICRC firm.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


IICRC Certified Firms must


• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.


• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.


• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.


• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.


• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.


The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry


The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.


Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.


Once all of the damaged materials are removed, SERVPRO of North Tempe certified technicians can begin to clean and restore the property back to pre loss condition. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at anytime. SERVPRO of North Tempe is always ready to take your call (480) 456-0000.


We take pride in being a part of the Tempe, Arizona community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Getting Your Tempe Commercial Business Open Quickly

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Tempe, Arizona commercial property.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.


If you are a property manager or owner of a large commercial facility, you might have experienced a large water loss at some point. It can be a stressful time for you and your business.

SERVPRO of North Tempe has a large loss commercial restoration team in place to help you and your business. Business interruption can be a serious issue for your organization if you are not prepared.


SERVPRO of North Tempe wants you to know that it is okay and it can be taken care of immediately. Our team is here to help 24/7, to get on site and begin the mitigation process. Our managers and technicians are IICRC certified, and have years of water damage restoration experience.


After all of the water is removed, it is critical to make sure that the right amount of drying equipment is put in place. SERVPRO of North Tempe has plenty of equipment that can handle any size large loss in the Tempe area.


When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of North Tempe. You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly.


Each day the drying process will be monitored and recorded. After a few days, when the facility is dry, SERVPRO will remove all of the equipment and begin to help with any repairs. If you have any questions about our water damage restoration process for commercial facilities, do not hesitate to contact us at anytime day or night.

Insulation Removal Is A Job For Trained Professionals

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

If You Are Planning On Removing Insulation From Your Tempe Home Call The Experts

If insulation in your Tempe home becomes wet from a broken pipe or a storm you should have it removed and replaced by the experts at SERVPRO of North Tempe. Our trained team will remove the contaminated insulation using a variety of vacuums and hoses. All of the insulation we remove from your home is collected into a specially designed filter bag that traps the fiber so our technicians can safely remove it from your property.

Trained Technicians Take Care Of Your Tempe Home


SERVPRO of North Tempe professionals have specialized restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home after insulation is removed.  Our team of professionals are certified by the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and are held to the highest of standards.

Is Your Home Safe?

Remember, if your home’s insulation becomes contaminated in some way, it is now a health risk to your family. SERVPRO of North Tempe has developed a set of procedures that removes damaged or soiled insulation from your home.
As valuable as insulation is, it is also a natural source of nesting material for mice, squirrels, and other animals. When this happens, our SERVPRO of North Tempe technicians remove the contaminated insulation and then use anti-fungal and anti-microbial sprays and cleaners to sterilize. When our crews complete the work, new insulation can safely be laid or blown in place.

Always Ready To Help When You Need Us


SERVPRO of North Tempe is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, all year round. Our professionals are expertly trained, certified and here to help. You are welcome to call us anytime day or night at (480) 456-0000 if you have restoration or insulation removal questions.

Knowing What To Do With Soot and Smoke After A Fire In Your Tempe Home

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

If you were to have a fire in your home, would you know where to start to get your home clean. The most important call after the fire is out is to SERVPRO of North Tempe.


After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:


Is it safe to stay in the house?


Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.


Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.


Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful.


If you have a fire in your home, it is important to make sure you have your contents taken care of right away. The longer they sit in a smoke and soot damaged environment, the more damage will occur. SERVPRO of North Tempe have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.


SERVPRO of North Tempe can handle any size fire content cleanup project. . When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Tempe home or business. Our team is quick to respond and begin the inventory process. Once all of your items are collected, they will be taken to our state of the art facility to be cleaned and ready for return.


Documentation is extremely important to us at SERVPRO of North Tempe. We want to make sure that your items are taken care of and protected in this tough time for you and your family.


 Our 24 hour number is (480) 456-0000 and we always have someone available to help!

Flooded Basement Now What?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

If you are standing in a flooded basement in Tempe, AZ right now, skip to the phone number below.

If not take a minute to read the information below.

Cleaning up a basement flood calls for professional experience and equipment. SERVPRO of North Tempe is the premier choice when it comes to water & mold damage restoration in Tempe, Arizona. Our team is quick to respond and handle any size water loss in the Tempe area.
 It is important to extract water in a timely manner to limit damage, but pumping too quickly can damage a structure. Professional technicians take the following measures when restoring flooded basements in Tempe, AZ. 
Inspect the Structure 
The origin of flooding may impact the structural integrity of a basement. There are several reasons why water may accumulate on the lowest level of a home: 
Broken pipe 
Flood conditions 
Malfunctioning appliance 
Sewer backup   Regardless of the cause, the structure must remain sound. This concern may prolong the process of water extraction.  Pump Out Water  Basement cleanup specialists often use pumps to eliminate standing water and debris, but the interior and exterior pressure must remain equalized. It may take considerably longer to remove water and avoid structural damage. This is one reason why homeowners should not attempt to clean up a basement flood on their own.  Clean and Disinfect  Mitigation can proceed once water has been removed. Different measures may be necessary depending on the type of flood water:
Dry Category One damage from clean water 
Disinfect Category Two damage from gray water 
Disinfect Category Three damage from black water  Category One water usually comes from a pipe break. Category Two water may come from a washing machine overflow or sump pump malfunction and contains chemicals or microorganisms. Category Three water usually contains sewage. Insurance coverage for cleanup and restoration may be available depending on the cause of flooding.  Dry the Basement  Drying is the final step in the mitigation process. Experts may recommend the use of additional ventilation or a dehumidifier. Restoration cannot proceed until the affected area is completely dry.Homeowners dealing with a basement flood should rely on SERVPRO of North Tempe. Trained professionals can eliminate water as quickly as possible without causing structural damage. Our technicians are trained and certified. 
Each day, SERVPRO of North Tempe will monitor the drying process to make sure your home or business is drying quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions about the water damage restoration process, give us at call any time day or night at (480) 456-0000.

If You Experience A Fire In Your Tempe Home There Are Some Things You Should Know

4/29/2020 (Permalink)


If you have a fire in your home it is critical to get SERVPRO of North Tempe on site as soon as possible. This way the situation can be assessed and fixed as soon as possible.


The first step is to do a walkthrough of the property and make sure everything is documented. This can be important, especially when dealing with your insurance company. SERVPRO is great about taking plenty of before, during and after pictures.


After the walk though, SERVPRO will write up a scope of service and begin the mitigation work. It is important to get the property dry and clean to prevent secondary damages from occurring.
Once everything is clean, SERVPRO of North Tempe can begin the repair process to get your home back to pre loss condition.


SERVPRO of North Tempe strives to be an educational resource for property owners and insurance companies. Our team of professionals are certified by the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and are held to the highest of standards. Did you know we will help you work with your insurance? You are welcome to call us anytime day or night at (480) 456-0000 if you have property damage questions.


With any fire loss, it is important to get the property secure and safe for the work to begin. In most cases, it will need to be cleared for safety by your local fire department. Once cleared, SERVPRO of North Tempe can help from start to finish with everything from smoke, soot and any other type of fire damage cleanup.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us anytime at (480) 456-0000. Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption to your life.

The Benefits of Proactive Cleaning in Tempe

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need


During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.


Specialized Training


We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.


The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:


Kitchen/Food Areas
Bathrooms
Schools/Classrooms
Offices
Retail Spaces
Water Fountains
Shelving/Racks
Sales Counters
Carpets and Rugs
Stair Handrails
Elevator Cars
Playground Equipment
Fitness Equipment
Specialized Products


The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.


Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000

Make Sure Your Home Is Ready Before The Storm

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tempe is ready to help you recover from storm damage call our team, anytime 24/7 - (480) 456-0000.

When storms roll through Tempe, there can be significant damage. Know how to get ready and who to call. SERVPRO of North Tempe is ready to help you recover from storm damage. 
We work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO of North Tempe can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 
Checking off the following tasks, including gutter cleaning and water pipe repair, before a storm can ease your.
Inspect
A good way to protect your home is to make sure everything is in working order. While you are planning what to pack, you should also walk through and inspect the areas where water can invade your home: 
Are hoses and supply lines to appliances such as washing machines and ice-makers free of visible damage? 
Are pipes under the sinks leak-free?
Are windows sealed against outside leaks?
Is the water heater free of rust and cracks?
Does the sump pump operate properly?
Are pipes well-insulated against freezing temperatures?  Take the time before you leave to fix any problems. Preliminary water pipe repair keeps you from coming home to a mess.  Clean  Many homeowners return home to find that their houses are flooded due to clogs. Make sure rain gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. Clear out your sump pump so that it runs efficiently, if needed. Regular inspection of sewer lines lets you know if you need repairs before you leave to keep those pipes clear.  Delegate  Despite your best preparation, a broken pipe can still cause damage when you aren't home. It's smart to have trusted neighbors check on your home while you are on vacation. Make sure they know how to turn off the water main and which water remediation specialists to call if a problem happens. If no one is available to watch your home, it's best to turn off the water main before you leave. 
Highly trained specialists are ready to respond quickly to your storm damage emergency. 
Our technician team understands the emphasis on priority responding, and making sure your property is well taken care of. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call our team, anytime 24/7 (480) 456-0000.

What To Do If You Suspect Water Damage After A Storm

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

You have many responsibilities for maintaining your home in Tempe, AZ, and inspecting your home after a storm can be the one of the most important. Checking for water damage and mold after a storm is critical. Understanding mold and how it can grow in you home can save you time and money.  1. Mold spores are everywhere.
Most people store their bread in a plastic bag, yet mold will still grow thanks to the fact that spores are lightweight and travel through the air. The little bit of exposure your bread gets from opening the bag is enough to allow spore-containing air to enter. This is similar to the way mold spores get in your home: traveling on the air and entering through doors, windows and vents.  2. Mold grows in a moist environment.
You don’t see croutons covered in mold and that’s because there is not enough moisture. People love bread when it is soft and moist, and that moisture is exactly what fungus growth needs to thrive. That’s why controlling relative humidity and repairing water leaks are both important jobs to prevent mold growth in the home.  3. Mold needs a food source.
All mold needs an organic food source, and most molds have favorites. When it comes to bread mold, there are certain varieties that tend to colonize on bread. This is also true for homes, since most building materials are made from cellulose-based materials, and the molds that prefer that food source tend to colonize there.
Can’t You Just Change the Temperature?
While most molds prefer a warmer temperature, many varieties can handle a cooler environment, which is why you find fridge mold. You can prevent mold by freezing bread, but you can’t freeze your home.  With the lessons learned from bread mold, you can see that moisture control is the key to preventing household mold problems. If you already have mold, it’s important to get help fast since mold multiplies rapidly. Expert mold remediators are knowledgeable and use a variety of techniques to help prevent the further spread of mold during the clean-up process.  SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help in any of those situations to make sure you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. If you have a storm that causes damage in the middle of the night call us at (480) 456-0000.
We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

Storms and Insurance, What You Need To Know

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000


Insurance claim services can feel overwhelming, especially after experiencing a major disaster.  Unfortunately, the claims process is necessary for comprehensive restoration to begin. SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help in any of those situations to make sure you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. If you have a storm that causes damage in the middle of the night call us at (480) 456-0000.  It is best to speak with qualified individuals who can help to walk you through the restoration process as well as what to expect out of the claims procedure. While your insurer can help with some of this information, you can also speak with disaster restoration specialists. These companies are experts in the processes and bureaucratic procedures, and they follow a strict routine to ensure your claim is accurate.  1. Mitigation As Protection  The first goal of emergency response is to prevent further loss through a process called mitigation. This process entails the use of plywood, tarps, and fencing to protect your property against weather, vagrants, animals and any number of other issues. Also, mitigation reduces the chances of your claim being rejected due to negligence.  2. Cleanout for Accurate Proof of Loss  Claim services are a procedural service, meaning that there is a designated path to approval. Any adjustments made to a claim can send it back to the beginning, prolonging the approval process and postponing restoration. Disaster response companies specialize in rapid cleanup, making all damage apparent and allowing for an accurate proof of loss statement the first time around.  3. Controlled and Monitored Restoration  While an insurer bases claim value off estimates, those assessments do you no good without a company that stands by its prices and services. SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry, and it has built that reputation on its ability to accurately control and monitor costs. Review the database of claims for the Tempe, AZ, area to get a rough ballpark estimate of what your project may cost. 
We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 
While it may seem unlikely, a disaster restoration company can be your biggest ally as you work through the claim services process of your insurer. These companies want to help you get back in your home by ensuring your claim is protected, accurate and honestly executed. 
Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of North Tempe can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country.

Cleaning Up After A Commercial Fire In Tempe

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help you with fire damage to your home or business.

A variety of smoke cleaning methods are available to commercial business owners. In addition to using degreasing solutions to remove residues from surfaces and contents, it is also possible to lower the concentration of smoke molecules in the air and neutralize persistent odors. Restoration professionals rely on five treatment methods to eliminate smoke damage. 
SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help you with any fire damage in your home or business. Our team is available 24/7 to help with securing your property and getting it ready to be cleaned. Our 24 hour number is (480) 456-0000 and we always have someone available to help! 
1. Run an Air Scrubber or Filter  An HVAC air scrubber or HEPA air purifier are useful for capturing larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.  2. Use an Ozone Generator  An ozone generator is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces. Evacuation is necessary for the duration of an ozone treatment.  3. Arrange for Thermal Fogging  Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and then ventilate the area. Evacuation is also necessary during this treatment, and workers should wear chemical respirators.  4. Operate a Hydroxyl Generator  A hydroxyl generator is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on UV light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment, but evacuation is not necessary.  5. Try Vapor Modification  Vapor modification is another odor elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor. This method also does not require evacuation.  Any of these smoke cleaning methods may be the right choice for a commercial business in Tempe. Contact SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 to determine which treatment is right for your commercial site.

When Intense Storms Come To Central Arizona Look Out For Water Damage

3/26/2020 (Permalink)


If you live if Arizona you may remember this head line from two years ago, "Latest monsoon storm soaks Tempe, dropping 3.6 inches of rain in about an hour." This storm left behind a lot of water damage. 
If you have  water damage from a storm in your home it can be a stressful time. It is critical to make sure that you get all of the water removed as soon as possible. 
SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help in any of those situations to make sure you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our team is available 24/7, and here to help 365 days a year. If you have a storm that causes damage (480) 456-0000. 
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 
SERVPRO of North Tempe can be on site immediately to begin the extraction process. Once all of the water is removed, the drying process can begin. Each day the structure will be monitored to make sure that progress is being made. Once everything is dry, SERVPRO will remove all of the equipment and begin repairing anything that was permanently damaged. It is critical along the way to make sure everything is properly documented. This can be of upmost importance when the insurance company needs any records or questions about the loss. We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition.  We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us at anytime (480) 456-0000.

We Are Here For You When You Need Us

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at anytime (480) 456-0000.


SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help with any size storm damage. It is important to make sure that certain steps are followed when dealing with any type of loss. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.


1. Have an onsite assessment of what is going on
It is important to make sure that the property is observed by a professional like SERVPRO of North Tempe. This is critical to document and observe where the problem is and what is needed to correct.


2. Document everything before, during and after
When experiencing a loss, it is critical to make sure you take plenty of photos. This is important to have for documentation when dealing with your insurance company and to have accurate records.


3. Mitigate the damages quickly
It is important to begin mitigating the damages to prevent secondary damages from occurring. If you are dealing with water damage, it is critical to get all of the water extracted as soon as possible.


4. Make sure proper equipment is being used
Once the mitigation is complete, it is important to make sure the proper amount and types of equipment are being used. This will help get the job on track to be completed.


5. Monitor daily to make sure the job is progressing


Monitoring should be taken place daily to make sure the job is progressing. This will provide accurate records to make sure things are moving the right direction.


Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of North Tempe can access resources from more than 1,700 Franchises across the state and country.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at anytime (480) 456-0000.


We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Tempe is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Tempe community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Is Your Home Ready For A Big Storm? Some Tips From The City of Tempe

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

The City Of Tempe wants you to make sure your home is ready before storms hit.
They recommend the following:
Trim trees so they are away from windows and roofs
Clear debris from your roof drainage system, including gutters and downspouts
Pretreat pools with chlorine shock to help prevent algae growth
Don’t apply fertilizers or other outdoor chemicals before expected storms
Secure loose items on your property, such as patio and pool furniture
Unplug expensive electronics (TV, stereo, home entertainment centers and computers) and/or install power protection devices
The major issue after a storm is water damage and potentially mold. 
When you suspect you have a mold problem in your home in Tempe you want professionals to test it. Mold testing should always be done by a professional. 
Location of Mold 
When you get a mold kit to test in your own, it will tell you that there is mold in the air, but it won't tell you where to look for the growth. A test from a certified mold expert can identify mold in hidden locations:
Behind walls
In a crawlspace
Under floorboards  In order to start the remediation process, the place mold is growing must be found. A professional assessment helps you do this.  Type of Mold  Another benefit of professional mold testing over home kits is that it can identify the type of mold. There are thousands of mold species, and not all of them are mitigated the same. Knowing what type they're dealing with helps specialists choose the best process for tackling the problem.  Removal of Mold  A DIY mold kit can only be used once to test for mold. When you hire certified professionals, they are likely to test thoroughly before and after remediation. The first test informs the process, and the final test confirms that the process was a success. Having both tests assures you that your fungus issue will not return.  Mold testing kits can only tell you that mold exists in your home, but they don't tell you what specifically needs to be done about it. When you want to get the most accurate reading, an assessment from a certified mold expert is the better way to go.  SERVPRO of North Tempe is the premier choice when it comes to water & mold damage restoration in Tempe, Arizona. Our team is quick to respond and handle any size water loss in the Tempe area. 
 SERVPRO of North Tempe will monitor the drying process to make sure your home or business is drying quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions about the water damage restoration process, give us at call any time day or night at (480) 456-0000.

If You're Spending More Time At Home, You Might Hear Noises You Never Noticed

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Highly trained specialists are ready to respond quickly to your water damage emergency. SERVPRO of North Tempe


Now that you are likely spending more time in your Tempe home you might be noticing more sounds. Everything from a squeaky stair to a rattling windowpane in your attic. When your plumbing starts making new and unusual sounds, it is not something you want to ignore. 

What Is That Noise?

 Banging, squealing and knocking may indicate an imminent malfunction, such as a pipe break, so noting these noises and taking action can be important for preventing serious indoor floods.  1. Pipe Obstructions If your pipes are squealing or whistling, there might be several causes. The first is a pipe blockage, which can narrow the water’s path and create the noise. This can be especially common in areas with hard water, where calcium or lime can build up inside the pipes. Loose screws and old or distorted washers inside the faucet’s hardware might also be to blame. You can chase down the issue by turning faucets on and off in your bathrooms until you find the source of the whistling.  2. Loose Pipe Clamps When the water in your home is shut off and your pipes bang and chatter for several moments, this can be startling as well as troublesome. This noise usually means one of your pipes has a loose or missing clamp, and the vibrations could eventually lead to a pipe burst unless it is located and strapped down. If you cannot find a spare strap, you can pad the area between the pipe and the wall to reduce the sound.  3. Failing Pipe Joints If you hear hissing sounds while the water is running, this could mean a pipe break is imminent. When the water is forced between two plumbing joints where the seal is failing, it can cause this odd sound. Have a flood damage and remediation service in to inspect and fix broken pipe joints before they burst.  Your home’s noisy pipes can be indicative of a pipe break in the near future. Knowing what causes these sounds can help you prevent flooding and the damage it causes.  

If You Experience Flooding Don't Wait

  If you do experience flooding call the experts to avoid further damage. SERVPRO of North Tempe is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, all year round. Our professionals are expertly trained, certified and here to help. Call us (480) 456-0000.

Where Do You Turn After A Commercial Fire In Tempe?

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

If you experience a fire in your Tempe business call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000.

A commercial fire is often severely damaging for business owners, and the fire damage restoration process can be intimidating. Thankfully, you can enlist the help of a disaster restoration specialist in the Tempe, AZ, area to take on the brunt of the work.

1. Availability

SERVPRO of North Tempe offers 24 hour-a-day and seven-days-a-week availability, meaning that they are ready and willing to work whenever a disaster strikes your building. You can even call SERVPRO in the middle of the night during a holiday, and they can quickly be there to offer assistance in whatever way they can.

2. Assessment

Fire damage restoration experts will likely start by offering an assessment of your property. They may walk the area, taking note of all structural damage and property loss, listening to your concerns, and offering an estimate of the work to be completed. Also, the individuals who provide the estimate will likely be the managers of your entire project.

3. Security

Beyond the initial assessment, we offer services to mitigate further loss and ensure the security of your facility. When choosing a restoration company make sure that the protection of your property is a priority because receiving your insurance coverage may depend on it. SERVPRO of North Tempe can work with your insurance.

4. Cleanup

SERVPRO of North Tempe has trained, certified experts in restoration, so you can rest assured that your business is cleaned, repaired and rebuilt with the least amount of stress as possible.

The fire damage restoration process can be grueling, but it doesn’t have to be your burden alone. Reduce your stress and hire a skilled restoration team.

Call us if you have any questions (480) 456-0000.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000

The 5 Main Causes of Noisy Pipes

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking pipe in Tempe, AZ

The 5 Main Causes of Noisy Pipes

Noisy pipes often bring about concerns about a pending pipe break or the cost to fix broken pipes. Thankfully, not every sound is the precursor to an imminent disaster. However, your pipes shouldn't be making too much racket, and if they are, then one of five reasons is likely the culprit.

  • Water Hammer
  • Toilets
  • Loose Pipes
  • Worn Out Washer
  • Main Shut-Off Valve

Water Hammer
If you hear a loud thud or clunk every time you turn off a faucet, then you are likely dealing with what is commonly referred to as water hammer. When you turn off the sink, the water in the line comes to an abrupt stop with no air cushion, causing the noise. While water hammer may not result in a pipe burst, it may result in leaks.

Toilets
You are likely familiar with the rushing water sound after flushing a toilet. However, have you ever heard rattling or banging at the end of the filling cycle? You likely have a ballcock issue.

Loose Pipes
Loose pipes can result in odd sounds and an eventual pipe break if left unremedied. If you suspect loose pipes under your home, then you should contact a plumbing specialist in Tempe, AZ, to correct the problem.

Worn Out Washer
Another easy fix is a worn-out washer in a faucet. When you notice a whistling or hissing noise, you likely have a washer issue. However, this isn't the only cause of squeaky pipes.

Main Shut-Off Valve
If you hear squeaking that resonates through the entire house, then you may have a problem with your main shut-off valve. For a main shut-off valve problem, you will likely need to contact a professional.
Again, not every strange sound is a prelude to a pipe break. Many noises stem from easy fixes like worn ballcock assemblies or washers, but sometimes, you may need to contact a professional to assess the underlying issues.

How To Take Care Of Your Commercial Space Flooring

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of North Tempe at 480-456-0000. We are always available to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

If your business has wood floor , water damage is a substantial concern. When you have trained, certified experts a phone call away, there's nothing to worry about.

Call SERVPRO of North Tempe at 480-456-0000.  We are always available to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! 

It is important to dry a wood floor as soon as you notice signs of water damage. Water from a leak or pipe burst can cause wood to warp or result in other forms of damage. Here are four steps that may be necessary to restore wood flooring.

1. Remove Water Removing standing water is the first step to restoring flooring. This may require the use of a pump or wet vac for damage caused by a flood, pipe burst, or leak. Use a mop or towels for slight damage. If a small amount of water has spilled and remained on the floor, spread out newspaper and allow it to absorb water. 

2. Dry Moisture After standing water is gone, use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of wood. Ventilation can also be helpful. It is necessary to determine whether water has penetrated through the polyurethane coating or another sealing treatment. It may be necessary to tear out and replace the subfloor, taking time to allow the underlying concrete to dry, to prevent mold growth. 

3. Sand and Scrape Once all of the levels of flooring are dry, it is time to work on the appearance and condition of the surface. Wooden planks damaged by water may warp or become discolored. Sanding and scraping may even the surface and remove stains. Rely on the expertise of water damage restoration professionals. 

4. Refinish or Retrofit Wood flooring exposed to water may need to be refinished. Planks with severe damage can be removed and replacements retrofitted. Restoration experts can recommend the best solution for each case of water damage. Keep in mind that wood flooring may add several days to water damage restoration, particularly in cases of extensive damage caused by a flood or pipe burst. This is necessary to restore the condition of a wet floor and prevent secondary damage, such as mold.

Contact a service with experience restoring wood floors at commercial properties in Tempe, AZ. Call SERVPRO of North Tempe at 480-456-0000.  We are always available to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Sewer Backup In North Tempe Is A Job For The Pros

2/11/2020 (Permalink)


It's been a great vacation, a week away to relax and enjoy good weather. When you return home you find a flood. It is coming from a toilet and it's clear it's a sewer issue. Now what?
1.  Take Action Right Away
The risk of harmful bacteria in your home or business is a time sensitive issue and should be addressed promptly. Containment can be key to preventing extensive damage. Even a quick assessment and an attempt to block further flooding could be beneficial. Contacting SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 will mean a trained technician will immediately respond to the contaminated area. 2. Certified Technicians Will Know What Steps To Take Water from a sewer backup is dangerous, and you should not attempt a sewer back-up cleanup on your own. Specific techniques and safety equipment are needed to ensure appropriate removal of all hazardous bacteria. Contamination levels of the water may vary, requiring a customized sterilization process. 3. Sufficient Drying Allowing adequate drying time after the water has been removed will prevent the growth of mold and stop further damage to your home. Depending on the amount and duration of the water exposure, drying can often take days. Removal of the carpet or flooring down to the subfloor may also be required. 4.  Documenting It is surprising the amount of harm a flooded toilet can cause to your household. Repairing your property after a sewer cleanup can be a difficult project, and keeping good documentation can aid in a speedy recovery. Keeping current pictures of your home prior to an accident is highly recommended. These records can help insurance companies easily identify which areas were affected and how to aptly provide correct coverage. We can work with your insurance company. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.
SERVPRO of North Tempe understands the stress and worry that comes with water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of North Tempe is a phone call away 480-456-0000.  

If You Have Roof Damage It's Crucial To Know What To Do and Who To Call

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000. We have the right equipment and training.

Roof damage be a very unpleasant experience as a homeowner. Many insurance companies require homeowners to take reasonable measures to mitigate roof damage in order to cover claims. The goal of damage mitigation is to protect a damaged roof and the interior of a home until repairs can begin. These three mitigation measures can help to prevent further water or wind damage. Where do you start? 1. Documenting Damage. A homeowner should obtain footage of the full extent of damage before taking steps to temporarily protect or improve the situation. Take photos or record video to provide to an insurance company as evidence in support of a claim.Strengthen the case with footage from before the damage occurred. It is a good idea to capture the status of a property at least once or twice a year and back these files up in a remote and secure location such as cloud storage. 2. Covering Holes and Leaks. Roof damage mitigation primarily consists of covering up holes and leaks. A homeowner can do this work themselves, but it will require plywood, tarps, nails or screws, and at least two people working together. This should only be attempted if the homeowner is confident they can do this safely. It's always a good idea to consider bringing in a professional.Use plywood to cover holes. Lay out tarp so that it covers the ridge line by about two feet to keep out water. Attach the tarp to boards secured to the roof with nails or screws. A damage mitigation service can cover a roof quickly and effectively. 3. Removing Fallen Limbs. If a tree branch falls and causes damage to your roof, document the scene and contact a tree removal company. This service can also trim other parts of trees that pose a risk.These measures can help any homeowner mitigate and recover from roof damage. Regardless of the cause of the damage, make sure to thoroughly document and take steps to limit the severity of the situation.
For assistance with mitigation, contact SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000. We have the right equipment and training. Our technicians are trained and certified experts. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.
We're always available to help. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.  SERVPRO of North Tempe prides itself in being faster to any disaster. Our team is trained and qualified to handle any size water, mold, or fire loss in the Tempe area.

Knowing Who To Call After A Fire in North Tempe

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

The technicians at SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 are highly trained in property damage restoration.


A fire in your home can be devastating. According to the National Fire Protection Association NFPA, Most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.

After the fire is out your home may be left with significant damage. Smoke and water damage should be taken care of by trained, certified professionals.


The technicians at SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 are highly trained in property damage restoration. They study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO of North Tempe is very active with the IICRC, which is the industry standard for Water Restoration Technicians.


Not only will the experts at SERVPRO of North Tempe restore your home but they can even help with insurance. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.
Often you are left with the decision to toss items that you would prefer to keep. Even a small fire can cause smoke damage to things throughout the house. When washing the clothes you are able to salvage add 1/2 a cup of vinegar to kill the smoke smell.


The NFPA recommends bringing in restoration professionals. They remind homeowners that exposure to house fire soot can lead to a number of health issues. They also explain why soot is harmful. Burned wood by-products include manganese, benzene and hydrogen cyanide. Because it’s so corrosive and acidic, soot can be harmful at any exposure level.


While all soot is made up of minute particles, its composition varies depending on the environment and materials where the fire occurred. Homeowners often confuse it with dirt, but it’s a complex mixture of different substances.
Depending on materials involved in the fire, soot can contain formaldehyde, toluene, sulfur dioxide and traces of heavy metals.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is here to help you with any fire damage in your home or business. Our team is available 24/7 to help with securing your property and getting it ready to be cleaned.

Understaning Mold and Your Health

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is a very common thing, yet it can be very misunderstood. According to the CDC and National Center for Environmental Health, mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, and pets can and be carried indoors. When mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, such as where leakage may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding, they will grow.

Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow. Any mold should be removed and the moisture source that helped it grow should be removed.


Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty.  Color is not an indication of how dangerous a mold may be.


Removing mold is where things can get tricky. If you suspect mold in your home or business call the professionals in Tempe. SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000. Mike Edgar and his team of certified technicians are ready to help 24/7.
SERVPRO of North Tempe is the best choice when it comes to handling mold damage in your home or workplace.


Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Our advanced equipment helps to detect and stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber.


The right equipment, operated by trained, certified professionals will assure your home is safe.


If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and CDC does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it.


SERVPRO of North Tempe strives to be an educational resource for property owners and insurance companies.

Advantages of Having a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Secondary damage in Tempe, AZ

Advantages of Having a SERVPRO

A disaster isn’t something anyone wants to contemplate. However, if the unthinkable occurs, an emergency plan that's already in place could literally save your business. By creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) through SERVPRO, you’re one step closer to keeping your business safe. An emergency profile puts a plan in place. This plan serves to mitigate loss from a fire or water disaster as soon as possible. Consider these advantages:

1. Damage Is Minimized

Fire and water disasters not only cause direct damage, but they can also cause secondary damage (e.g., mold and smoke damage). Some secondary damage may be unavoidable, but it can be greatly minimized if the restoration process begins promptly.

2. Business Inactivity Is Reduced

It’s been found that 50% of businesses that sustain damage after a major fire or water event never reopen post-disaster. The faster the mitigation process starts, the more chance the business has of surviving.

3. The Plan Is Set and Ready

All the necessary information is in one place, making it available to you and the professionals. This ensures that mitigation and restoration start immediately upon arrival. Your emergency profile will include emergency contact numbers and an emergency plan checklist. It’ll also include information that you may not even think about needing until a disaster occurs (e.g., utility valve shut-off locations and water and shut-off instructions). A complete overview of your property will point out emergency exits and illustrate evacuation routes. Your insurance information will also be outlined.

4. The Mobile App Makes It Convenient

SERVPRO’s ERP app puts all the information you need at your fingertips. It includes your entire ERP in addition to the contact information of your SERVPRO location; you can even contact them directly from the app.
Preparing for a disaster in Tempe, AZ is never wasted time. Setting up an emergency profile with the help of a professional will make sure that you have a plan in place, and the preparation is free.

Is Storm Damage The Same As Flooding?

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Broken window due to storm damage in Tempe, AZ
When it comes to commercial property insurance coverage, there are significant differences between storm damage and flood damage. General policies cover most damage caused by storms, but exclude flooding. Learn more about these two types of damage.

Damage Caused By Storms

Many storms come with weather conditions such as high winds, heavy rain or snow. Coastal locations may also be at risk for hurricanes and tropical storms, and tornadoes can pose a threat to inland areas. Regardless of the type of storm, a property may sustain several types of damage:

  • Broken windows
  • Hail damage
  • Roof leaks
  • Structural damage

Commercial property insurance should cover all of these forms of damage. A policyholder can increase the likelihood that an insurer will cover a claim by keeping detailed maintenance records and submitting photographs or video footage of the portion of a structure affected by a storm.

Damage Caused By Floods

The term "flood" is used to designate water that comes from outside. This may include several different sources:

  • Heavy rain
  • Rising bodies of water
  • Overflowing sewer mains

Most standard insurance policies exclude flood damage. Owners of property located on a flood plain should obtain a flood policy through the National Flood Insurance Program or a rider on a commercial property policy. Additional coverage will probably be necessary for sewer damage caused by a backup.

Covered Perils and Exclusions

Most forms of storm damage should be covered by a commercial property policy. Building owners should familiarize themselves with the terms and limits of this coverage to determine whether to take out supplemental policies or riders. Additional coverage will probably be necessary for cleaning up and remediating flood or sewer damage.

These are the main distinctions between storm and flood damage. A property insurance policy, flood policy, and endorsements can cover the costs of damage mitigation and restoration at a commercial building in Tempe, AZ.

Mold Growth Lawsuits Against Property Managers

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Mold typically begins to grow within 24 to 48 hours in an untreated moist environment

Mold Growth Lawsuits Against Property Managers

Legal guidelines for landlords' mold exposure liability are often unclear, however, there are circumstances in which a landlord may be sued for damages. Because of the rise in mold insurance claims and lawsuits, many insurance companies have modified their policies to exclude coverage for mold damage. Because of this, it may be wise for property owners to familiarize themselves with their liability exposure and insurance coverage for mold risks.

Mold Risk Checklist

Because of the potential for mold claims or lawsuits, landlords may benefit from assessing their mold exposure risks. These items may be of benefit to review by property owners:

  • Insurance coverage for mold insurance claims
  • Tenants' responsibilities to report mold or water damage in their lease agreement
  • Maintenance schedule
  • Procedures for responding promptly to tenant reports of mold or water damage

Warranty of Habitability

Most states have laws that require landlords to maintain their properties in a "livable" condition. If landlords fail to properly maintain their property or to respond to reports of leaks and other moisture problems, they could be found liable for damages to a tenant's property from mold growth that results from that failure.

Liability for Mold Damage

If a tenant is asking for compensation due to mold damage, it may be wise to consult with an attorney in Tempe, AZ, to determine whether you are liable for the damage. In most cases, to be held liable, the tenant needs to prove that the landlord either knew about the problem or should have known. If you are found to be liable, you may be responsible for damages to the tenant's property and the cost of relocation if the rental is not habitable during the period mold remediation is being done.
Mold insurance claims have been on the rise in rental properties. For this reason, it may be wise for landlords to know their risks, responsibilities and insurance coverages for mold claims.

5 Essential Tips for Preparing Your Business for a Storm

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Keep computer files backed up on an external hard drive or cloud in case of storm damage

Five Important Ways to Prepare Your Business

Learning a storm is coming your way in Tempe, AZ can cause stress for any business owner. Flood water can create a hazardous situation for your employees and result in extensive damage to your building. Here are five important ways to prepare your business.

1. Create an Evacuation Plan

Your first priority when preparing for a storm should be to ensure the safety of your employees and anyone else who you might be in your building. Have an evacuation plan in place, set up maps around the building, and regularly practice the plan with managers and employees.

2. Backup Data

Make sure to back up all data somewhere offsite in case flood water damages hardware. It is also a good idea to invest in a cloud system so you can easily access important data from any location.

3. Designate Emergency Response Tasks

Determine what tasks need to be completed quickly if dealing with a flooded building and assign them to specific individuals or teams of people. Include these tasks in emergency drills and train people if necessary.

4. Choose a Restoration Company

If your building does experience any water damage, you will need to work with a storm damage restoration company to make any repairs and get back in business as soon as possible. Contact your insurance company to find out if you need to choose a specific company to receive coverage.

5. Protect Your Business

Do what you can to prevent damage from happening to your building. This can include investing in a backup power supply, placing sandbags around the property, removing debris, trimming trees, and replacing broken roof shingles.
While it might not be possible to predict every situation, your business will recover much more quickly if you take the proper steps to prepare for an upcoming storm. From making a plan to addressing any potential hazards, you can successfully minimize the amount of harm flood water can cause.

Is Your Business Prepared To Survive a Disaster?

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know whether you have business interruption insurance?

Surviving a business fire at your Tempe, AZ, commercial property goes well beyond getting the flames put out. Unfortunately, the work that remains to be done after firefighters have finished their work may prevent you from re-opening your doors for quite some time. When this happens, you need business interruption insurance to be sure your company can survive.

What Is Interruption Insurance?

Sometimes referred to as Consequential Loss insurance, this type of policy provides coverage that helps you survive without the income you'd normally receive during regular operations. Some of the most common items covered by this insurance include

  • Physical damages to your buildings and property
  • Damages to machinery and equipment
  • Non-physical damages, such as payroll and monthly debts


This type of insurance may also cover payments for the gross profits you would have received if you'd remained in open.

Don't Underestimate How Long Recovery Takes

One of the biggest mistakes business owners make when purchasing this type of insurance is underestimating how low it will take to recover. It is important to hire fire cleaning and reconstruction professionals who understand the importance of getting back to work as quickly as possible. However, it's reasonable to expect that you may not resume normal operations for several weeks or months, depending on the extent of the damages.

Give Yourself Time to Replace Damaged Items

In addition to recovering the physical aspects of your commercial buildings, you'll also face replacement of machinery, inventory, and other content. As you consider the impact of a fire on your business, be sure to factor in the time and expense it will take to replace the items of value within your buildings and on your property.

Is Your Business Protected?

Do you know whether you have business interruption insurance? Contact your insurance provider before you're affected by a business fire. Don't wait for disaster to strike to find out whether you have the coverage to keep your Tempe, AZ, business afloat while cleanup and recovery efforts are underway.

3 Easy Ways to Cut Candle Fire Risk

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Experts warn you should never leave candles unsupervised, including going to sleep with them burning. Blow them out before you hit the sack or leave t

3 Easy Ways to Cut Candle Fire Risk

Despite all the modern conveniences available nowadays, old-fashioned candles remain a favorite of many people looking to add a little flair to their homes. But the beauty of candles doesn’t negate the risk that having an open flame can bring to your Tempe,AZ, home. The good news is that you can enjoy these decorations without causing a candle fire. Here are a few ways how.

Know the Risks

Most times, candles are burned safely and responsibly. Still, candle-related fires are a real concern that causes serious damage every day. Experts report:

  • About 23 home candle fires occur every day in
  • America
  • Unsupervised children are involved in nearly a quarter of candle-related fires
  • Candles are linked to about 3 percent of home fire deaths

It’s hard to believe something so small can be the cause of extensive fire damage or even injury and death. Fortunately, they don’t have to be, if you act responsibly.

Keep an Eye Out

It’s easy to fall asleep to the flickering glow of a candle. But experts warn you should never leave candles unsupervised, including going to sleep with them burning. Blow them out before you hit the sack or leave the room.

Burn Candles at a Distance

The flame from a candle may be small but it can be very destructive, catching fire to furniture, draperies and even books. Keep safe by burning candles no less than 12 inches from flammable materials.

Trim Your Wicks

Debris in the wax pool of a candle can inadvertently increase fire risk. Minimize risk by removing wick trimmings, matches and general debris from your candles any time you plan to burn them.
Whether burned for ambiance or for religious observation, candles can improve your home’s environment. But a candle fire is a risk that isn’t worth taking. Prevent the chance of fire damage and smoke cleanup by using the above tips to enjoy your candles the right way.

Different Types of Flooding Require Different Levels of Cleaning

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded home in Tempe, AZ.

No matter the source of water, the flooding of a home is a major event and a large disruption to a family. It's true, though, that some floods are worse than others. If a pipe bursts in a home containing clean water, the cleanup process is likely to be simpler than if water from overflowing streams, ponds or lakes enter a home. That's because water from the latter event may be contaminated with a number of unknown substances. When dealing with this type of flood, homeowners should exercise caution during cleanup and should strongly consider calling in a storm mediation team in Tempe,AZ.

The Contents of Flood Water

Flooding that originates outdoors carries with it the possibility of containing a host of dangerous elements. The water could possibly be tainted with the following materials:

  • Wild animal wastes
  • Sewage
  • Farm Animal wastes
  • Parasites
  • Pathogens
  • Viruses

Coming in contact with these substances is not advised and may even cause adverse health effects, including infections and illnesses. Cleanup of a building should be conducted by trained professionals who have the option of using gloves, masks and other personal protective gear. Materials soaked by water damage such as furniture and clothes might also be contaminated and should be handled with care.

The Cleanup Process

Flood damage should be cleaned up quickly to avoid additional contamination of the home and to prevent conditions favorable for mold growth. Once the water is safely removed, a number of products such as biocides, antimicrobials, sanitizers, sterilizers and disinfectants may be necessary to complete the cleanup. The home should be thoroughly dehumidified to bring humidity levels down to below 45%.
The goal is to return the home to the healthy place it was before the flooding happened. Special attention may be needed to prevent the occurrence of mold. This may require the use of air filters, HEPA vacuums, fans and negative air chambers.

Job Highlight of the Week

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment working hard to get this hotel back to its preloss condition.

We'd like to share with you what our day to day looks like. Welcome to our Job highlight of the week here at SERVPRO of North Tempe! 

SERVPRO of North Tempe received a call last week to assist a nationally branded hotel located in Tempe.   A 200-gallon water heater had failed and emptied over 200 gallons of water throughout its first floor.   We arrived on site within 45 minutes and immediately began extracting water.  We were able to begin the drying process almost immediately.   This allowed us to get the effected rooms dried and available for rent in under 3 days, which was a huge benefit to our customer.

SERVPRO of North Tempe is focused on restoring our customers back to their normal situation as soon as possible.  Making water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Business Through Proactive Plumbing

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Use a hot water and white vinegar mix every three months to prevent clogs

Protect Your Business Through Proactive Plumbing

As a Tempe,AZ, business owner, you are likely familiar with how plumbing problems can impact your location. Leaky or burst pipes, clogged toilets and other issues can impact the integrity of the building, create wasteful downtime and spend money on repairs and remediation. However, you can prevent several of these disasters when you and your staff adopt proactive maintenance practices to detect and resolve minor issues before they escalate.

Prevent Clogs

Clogs are plumbing issues that can severely hurt the function of your business. Check the toilets and the sinks and see if they flush or drain slower than usual. If this occurs after multiple tests, it means there is likely a clog present. You or your crew can use specific tools to unclog a toilet or drain. Use a hot water and white vinegar mix every three months to keep them clear and prevent major incidents.

Check for Drips and Leaks

Preventable plumbing problems also manifest through several noticeable signs.

  • Dripping faucets
  • Puddles near toilets or pipes
  • Water damage
  • Mold and other fungus

These incidents largely hint at a larger problem, which is most often a blocked, damaged or broken pipe. Act fast the moment you see them before greater problems develop and affect your establishment.

Run Plumbing Inspections

Sometimes, there are issues that you or the crew cannot foresee and prevent alone. Plumbing inspection services are easier to run and may be less expensive and intrusive than repair. Contact a professional to run tests on the water main and the rest of the business's plumbing system to ensure there are no hidden leaks, clogs or other faults that can have a devastating effect on your commercial location.
Major plumbing problems usually start out small and appear in minor issues before they grow. Stay aware of these small issues to avoid spending time and money on preventable problems and contact plumbing and water damage repair services for truly unpreventable incidents.

How To Clean Sewage Backup in the Bathtub

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Before you start, make sure to put on goggles, coveralls and rubber gloves and boots

How To Clean Sewage Backup in the Bathtub

Sewer backup can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses in your home. The problem should thus be addressed as soon as possible.
There are some steps you can take to limit the spread of the contamination. They include:

  • Turning off running water
  • Move un-contaminated objects to dry, clean areas
  • Open windows and doors to speed up the drying process and limit the growth of mold
  • Discard contaminated curtains, carpeting and upholstered furniture

Tips for Cleaning Sewage Backup

If you see a small bathtub backup, you might be able to clean the spill yourself. Before you start, make sure to put on goggles, coveralls and rubber gloves and boots. Do not let your bare skin touch the sewage. You should also avoid touching your nose, ears, eyes or any open cuts.
Once you are properly protected from the sewer backup, and after the contaminated items have been taken out of the bathroom, you can start removing the standing water. Discard any solid waste and apply an initial disinfectant spray to the affected area.
You should then clean surfaces with household detergent to remove any additional dirt and contamination. Next, dry the area with a combination of dehumidifiers and portable fans. Finally, disinfect the area a second time by using a bacteria-killing bleach.

When To Call an Expert

If the contaminated area is large, you should contact a professional cleanup company in Tempe,AZ. Experts should also be brought in if your home’s HVAC system has been contaminated, or if the sewage has been in place for more than 24 hours.
While you may be able to handle a small sewer backup on your own, emergency restoration specialists will know how to clean up a bigger area quickly and safely. They should also be able to dry any belongings that were damaged by the flooding. You should thus contact professionals unless the spill is limited to a tiny section of your bathroom floor

What Homeowners Should Know About Rain and Mold Growth

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling

How to Protect Your Home From Mold

Many homeowners don't associate black mold growth with rain. However, mold growth is a common issue that affects many homes in Tempe,AZ, especially after rain. To protect your home from mold, it can be useful to understand the association between rain and mold.

Where Does Mold Often Appear in Your Home After Rain?
After rain has fallen, mold can grow in a variety of locations in your home. However, some materials are more prone to mold growth than others. Mold can easily grow on the following materials after rain occurs:

  • Plywood
  • Drywall
  • Cloth
  • Ceiling tiles


Why Does Mold Grow in Your Home After Rain?

A moisture problem makes mold more likely to grow in a home, and a damaged roof frequently causes moisture levels to increase in the home after it has rained. Though there are various ways a roof can become damaged, dead limbs, large amounts of heavy snow or strong winds are common causes of roof damage. Often, it is easy for rainwater to leak into your home if your roof tiles are cracked, loose or missing. Many homeowners whose homes have been affected by black mold or other types of mold growth find it useful to employ mold remediation specialists to assist with the mold cleanup process.

How Can You Prevent Mold Growth After Rain?

Keeping all surfaces of your home clean can help to prevent mold from growing after rain occurs. However, simply keeping your home clean will not prevent mold entirely. Since a damaged roof is one of the primary reasons mold grows in homes after it rains, it's important for your home's roof to be secure and structurally sound. Having routine roof inspections can help to ensure that your roof is able to withstand storms, wind, rain and snow, which can ultimately help to prevent mold growth.

For homeowners, it's often wise to know what materials mold frequently grows on in homes after rain. Additionally, if you know why mold often grows in homes after rain falls, you can take steps to keep your roof well-maintained in order to prevent black mold and additional types of mold from growing in your home.

Keeping Your Commercial Building Dry During a Storm

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Building envelope in Tempe,AZ

One of the best ways to minimize damage caused by water or black mold in your Tempe,AZ commercial space is to safeguard the building against leaks and other moisture problems before they occur. Regular maintenance of your building’s major defenses, while costly up front, will be more cost effective in the long run due to the expensive nature of repairing any type of damage. Proactively working to keep water out of your building during storms is one of the most efficient ways to protect your business.

Take Preventative Measures

The overall integrity of your commercial building should be defined by the sum of its parts. This is because weather and the elements, such as rain damage, can occur from a myriad of sources. A comprehensive effort to safeguard the space, known as a building envelope, ensures that equal attention and resources are invested into preventing water damage from all possible sources, including:

  • Leaks from the roof, walls, windows, doors, or other areas in which water is able to enter the building
  • Humidity and vapor that is not properly ventilated through the space
  • Improper or inefficient drainage systems in and around the building

Maintain Your Systems

Rain damage is one of the most common causes of mold and other problems, and is also the most difficult for your building envelope to prevent. You can help the situation by installing and regularly maintaining a comprehensive drainage system. Drainage can also include surfaces and gutters that slope away from the building. Ensure all high risk areas such as windows and doors are protected by proper sealants, and consider installing overhangs and other screens that divert water away. Whenever in doubt, always consult an expert specializing in the prevention and cleanup process of rain damage. Proactive work to prevent water damage will help protect your business during a storm while potentially saving you a fortune in cleaning and repair costs.

Spores 101: An Introduction to Mold

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Basement with mold

Owning commercial property in Tempe,AZ, can be very rewarding, but it's not without its challenges. Chief amongst them is the potential for mold. From mildew to black mold, here's an overview of every property manager's least favorite fungus.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that develops from spores. These itsy-bitsy spores travel through the air and set up shop on organic matter around your building, including the dead skin cells humans leave just about everywhere. The damper and warmer the area, the more enticing it is to mold, so it's commonly found in the following areas:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Basements

In short, any area of your building that has a moisture problem or has experienced water damage may be prone to mold growth.

What Are the Different Types of Mold?

All mold isn't created equal. Mildew, for example, is a very common type of mold that's commonly found in bathrooms. It takes the shape of small, black spores, and it's usually easy to clean up with a commercially available cleaner or a 2:1 mix of white vinegar and water.

Another type of mold that’s commonly found in commercial buildings is black mold. This is actually a catch-all term for a variety of different strains of mold, some of which will provoke a response in humans, some of which won't. All of them should be treated promptly by a mold cleanup company that has the expertise and equipment to rid your location of mold once and for all.

How Can I Tell If I Have Mold?

Visible mold usually looks like dark spots. Picture a spray of ink, for example, or a dusting of chocolate cookie crumbs.

You may smell mold before you can see it, however, given its affinity for out-of-the-way places. It's usually identified by an odor that can be described as musty, damp, or woodsy.

Knowledge is power when it comes to mildew and black mold. If you think you have mold growth at your commercial property, the smartest course of action is often to contact a professional mold remediation company that can return your building to normal as soon and as safely as possible.

How a Security Fence Can Protect Your Business After a Fire

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire loss in a Tempe, AZ building

In the unfortunate event of a fire, you want to do everything you can to protect your business in Tempe,AZ, from further damage. Installing a security fence can help keep your building safe from various types of harm in the aftermath of a fire. Below are some key benefits of having protective fencing installed on your commercial building’s property.

Keeps Building and Property Clean

After a fire, some visitors might attempt to help out during the recovery process. While they may have good intentions, allowing them to step onto your property or into your building can create additional damage. Some ways people could cause further harm include:

  • Bringing dirty water into building
  • Spreading soot particles throughout property
  • Bringing traces of smoke into building

These factors can aggravate the damage already caused by the fire and make the recovery process more difficult. Having a fence surrounding your property helps to prevent this behavior from occurring.

Alerts Visitors

When you have a security fence preventing access to your building, it can thwart intruders and other unwanted visitors. Some people may see your damaged building as an indication that no one is inside and use that as an opportunity to vandalize the property or steal valuable items. Fencing also tells your employees that they aren’t yet permitted to enter the building in case they wish to check the condition of their personal belongings.

Helps Support Insurance Claim

If you plan to make an insurance claim for fire damage, your policy will likely require you to take reasonable measures to protect your property from additional damage. Having a protective fence installed is an effective way to prevent further harm, and it shows your insurance company that you’ve made an effort to keep your property safe.
When your commercial building is guarded by a security fence, you can be one step closer towards a full recovery. Be sure to have a fire restoration specialist assess your property to ensure that all damage is properly taken care of.

4 Tips for Removing Cigarette Smoke From Your Home

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

An air purifier is a useful tool for getting rid of bad odors in your home for good

Four Tips to Help You Start the Home Deodorization Process

Whether you are a smoker yourself or you’ve recently moved into a home that has a lingering smoke smell, you surely don’t want to smell smoke in your home in Tempe,AZ. Since odors from cigarette smoke penetrate surfaces in your home and is naturally resilient to cleaning, you will need to use a variety of methods to completely remove the smell. Here are four tips to help you start the home deodorization process.

1. Lay Out Natural Deodorizers

While home remedies might not be effective at tackling an extensive smoke odor problem, they can help remove the smell of smoke over time or after smoke has just entered your home. Here a few natural deodorizers you can try:

• Charcoal
• Baking soda
• Vinegar
• Coffee grounds
• Vanilla Extract

2. Thoroughly Clean All Surfaces

Since smoke can quickly penetrate your walls, carpets, furniture, and clothes, you will need to thoroughly clean every surface of your home as part of the home deodorization process. This includes cleaning all laundry and linens, steam cleaning and deodorizing your carpet, and cleaning hard surfaces with vinegar and water.

3. Let Odorous Air Exit Your Home

While opening a window won’t make the smell of smoke go away on its own, it will help let out some of the odorous air. You should keep windows open throughout your home to promote circulation while you’re cleaning.

4. Use an Air Purifier

An air purifier is a useful tool for getting rid of bad odors in your home for good. These purifiers work by using a filter to remove odorous particles from the air, clean them, and then releasing the clean air back into the room.

While these home deodorization methods can be very useful in ridding cigarette smoke from your home, they won’t work for everyone. If nothing you do seems to eliminate the smell, get the help of smoke cleaning specialists to make your home smell fresh and clean.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Property Managers

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are defined by violent winds often in excess of 74 mph, these weather occurrences can cause property damage that takes months to repair.

Going through a hurricane can bring untold stress. That’s even truer if you’re managing a property. With multiple renters come multiple potential problems, any of which could carry the risk of liability. Don’t wait until the last minute. Use these hurricane preparedness tips to prepare your Tempe,AZ, property and enter storm season confident you’ll suffer little hurricane damage.

Hurricane Season Risks

A hurricane is best described as a storm on steroids. Defined by violent winds often in excess of 74 mph, these weather occurrences can cause property damage that takes months to repair. Damage can include:

  • Floodwaters moving across the ground
  • Mudslides due to excessive ground moisture
  • Tornadoes triggered by the original storm

If your property is located in a hurricane-prone area, it’s important that you prepare for these potential impacts.

Make a Storm Plan

If you own a multi-family property, a comprehensive storm preparation plan is a must. Make sure your strategy covers evacuation plans, emergency contacts and hurricane damage relief information. Create a hurricane-preparedness team tasked with updating and communicating your plan to residents.

Secure Your Property

During high winds, just about anything can become a projectile. It’s important to secure items in advance to prevent serious damages. Survey the property in advance of the storm to identify items like large trash bins that could be lifted in a storm. If the item can’t be secured, store it inside.

Make a Preparedness Kit

Don’t forget your staff when preparing for a hurricane. Make and store kits in portable containers that can allow your staff to tend to emergencies that may occur just before or during a storm. Be sure to include staples like a flashlight, extra batteries, drinking water and a first aid kit.

Hurricane damage is nothing to sneeze at. The flooding and high winds can be a property management nightmare. Don’t risk it. Use these tips as a starting point for hurricane preparedness and enter the storm season secure.

Do homes in Tempe, Arizona get storm damage?

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

In Arizona the weather is typically perfect year round. But every once in a while we get storms that can cause significant damage to your home or property. SERVPRO of North Tempe is always available to help remove water and get your home back to pre loss condition.

If you think you have storm damage, you first need to call SERVPRO and get someone on site immediately. In many cases, assessing the damage early can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. SERVPRO of North Tempe has the equipment and manpower to handle any size loss. They make sure that each part of the process is well documented with detailed notes and photographs.

Many projects, you might have questions along the way. SERVPRO wants you to be comfortable with being able to ask any questions. In any loss it is critical to make sure that you have all of your questions answered.

Sometimes secondary damage can occur from storms, that might take awhile to discover. If microbial growth starts to happen, SERVPRO is trained and experienced to help mitigate and remove the mold from your property.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at anytime. We have team members available day and night.

Flooding after Wildfires - What do you need to know?

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

There are a lot of natural disasters that can affect the Tempe, AZ, area. Wildfires are common and can cause your home to be a high risk of flooding. Here are the reasons why flooding can happen after a wildfire

  1. No more plants

When there are no more plants the water can move very quickly over the ground. The quickness of the water causes flash flooding in the Tempe area. A home can then be flooded because of the fast moving water.

  1. Hardened surface

The dirt from the wildfire is now mixed with ash and will not absorb water easily. The water stays on the surface and floods the surrounding areas.

The area where a wildfire had been will take a couple of seasons to recoup vegetation and topsoil. Being aware of flash floods will keep you and your home safe. Call your insurance agent to see if flood insurance is a good choice for your Tempe, AZ, home.

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